The SSWI issued an RFP for a solid-waste composting plant, and ended up with four short-listed companies.
That the chosen system can process sludge was an added plus for SSWI, because sludge in Sevier County had also been landfilled.
Whether the technology was in fact turn-key, and whether it required extensive maintenance and retraining the work force were questions that faced the SSWI board.
When SSWI solicited proposals for its plants, a major concern was the ability to find markets for the compost end product.
The efficacy of Bedminster's plant design and the quality of the end product would be moot if they were not tailored to SSWI's cost considerations.
SSWI owns the plant, and has contracted with Bedminster to operate it for five years under an operating agreement with five-year renewal periods, which includes an annual operating and maintenance fee.