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.
SSWI financed the Sevierville plant through a $9-million public bond issue.
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.