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Monroe waste firm to open landfill diversion center, natural gas station

29 May 2014

By Adam O'Daniel, Charlotte Business Journal

A Union County waste hauler and recycling company plans to expand its facility and eventually divert about half of the garbage it collects from landfills by converting it to compost or fuel for a waste-to-energy incinerator.

God Bless the USA Inc. this week announced the 7-acre expansion at 3314 Westwood Industrial Drive in Monroe. GBUSA, a private waste hauler in Union County, is under contract for waste collection in several municipalities.

This month, the city of Monroe approved GBUSA's new solid waste transfer station, a fully enclosed facility that will help divert 40% to 60% of the county's residential waste from landfills. Instead, the waste will be used for compost or incineration as alternative energy sources. It will be the first facility of its kind in North Carolina, says Chief Executive Jason Horner.

He says once the station is operating, customers will eventually be asked to separate organic waste from other garbage so it can be composted or repurposed more efficiently.

“We’re out to prove that embracing new, environmentally friendly technologies in waste management will power a sustainable business,” Horner says. “This facility will create long-term, low-cost service. We will also have a much smaller environmental footprint through our commitments to cleaner-burning fuels and turning waste into fertilizer and energy solutions."

The expansion also includes a compressed natural gas filling station that will be open to the public. The station, already serving the fleet of GBUSA and area municipalities, follows the company's 2010 investment in hybrid fuel collection trucks and its 2012 investment in CNG-powered trucks.

GBUSA built a CNG filling station last year to serve its fleet.

Horner joined the firm as CEO two years ago. He previously co-founded and then sold Union County's Metal Recycling Services to Charlotte-based Nucor Corp.

GBUSA was founded eight years ago by Erik Blowers, who remains company president. The firm serves 25,000 customers and has doubled its work force to 47. Horner says the company expects to add more than 10 jobs when the new facility opens in the fourth quarter.

In January, GBUSA doubled in size as it acquired the customers of Trinity Waste, Covenant Waste and Hawks Sanitation as those waste-management firms ceased operation. It is now the second-largest independent waste-management company in North Carolina.


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