SEMASS, MA Resource Recovery Facility

2,700 TPD RDF 78Mw 1,000,000 people served


Southeastern Massachusetts (SEMASS) Resource Recovery Facility provides the community with an alternative to municipal solid waste (MSW) disposal at landfills. Since opening in 1988, the 95-acre facility in Rochester, MA, has employed a shred-and-burn technology to create fuel, enabling the plant's processing of more than one million tons of solid waste each year. This is more than one-fifth of all MSW generated in Massachusetts annually. The resulting electricity serves nearly 40 communities in Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and the metropolitan Boston vicinity, and meets the needs of more than 75,000 homes. The facility also recovers nearly 35,000 tons of recyclable ferrous and non-ferrous metals annually from pre-combustion magnets and bottom ash processing.