WastAway to transform Tennessee town’s garbage into fuel

WastAway to transform Tennessee town’s garbage into fuel

WastAway wants to transform Murfreesboro’s garbage into a fuel source.

Instead of burying trash for free at Middle Point Landfill, Murfreesboro officials are considering development of a $45 million WastAway building to covert garbage into a biomass fuel on Butler Drive in an industrial area on the city’s south side.

Four Murfreesboro City Council members present Wednesday (April 13) voted unanimously to tell staff to continue pursuing an arrangement with WastAway, a Warren County-based company which prides itself on analyzing municipal solid waste differently.

“We are solidly against Middle Point,” Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland said.

For years, McFarland and other city officials have complained about odors from Middle Point Landfill, located near Murfreesboro’s northern boundary.

In comparison, the WastAway operation will have “no odor,” Murfreesboro Assistant City Manager Darren Gore told the city council.

Meanwhile, the mayor and city council oppose a plan to expand the landfill 99 acres. Officials estimate the landfill will be full by July 1, 2026.

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