Turning Trash Into Cash And Jobs

By Jeff Neumeyer

February 4, 2011 Updated Feb 4, 2011 at 7:13 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Trash turns into an economic development tool for Huntington County.

A company that plans to convert garbage into fuel announces it has lined up financing and will soon start construction.

Officials with Nature's Fuel wanted to launch by April 2010.

Now the project should be ready to go by the end of this year.

Nature's Fuel will be building its facility near the county landfill.

Instead of burying the garbage collected in Huntington County in the landfill, it will now be turned over to Nature's Fuel to be made into renewable bio fuel and other bio products.

The investment by the company will be more than $50-million, but Huntington's mayor is especially excited about the 150 new jobs to be created.

Mayor Steve Updike/(R) Huntington: " For a community that has taken its lumps and lost jobs, we're close, we're getting back to where we were prior to what we want to call the recession or whatever. We're close to that time now of backfilling those jobs."

The jobs will pay between $14 and $25 dollars an hour.

The higher paid positions will be chemical engineers, chemists and other specialists related to plant operations.

The end product from the operation will be made into gasoline, jet fuel, kerosene and diesel fuel.

Mayor Updike hopes diverting garbage from the landfill will eliminate some waste fees for taxpayers in the community.

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