Work has begun on a $50 million state-of-the-art facility for the sustainable recycling of used motor oil to be built on a former asphalt terminal in Fairfield, south of the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (1-895). The announcement was made by Vincent Glorioso, Baltimore-based vice president of FCC Environmental, one of the world’s largest environmental services companies with an expertise in waste oil collection and processing and owner of the facility, one of the first to be built in the United States. The Baltimore facility is the first of several planned in the U.S. by the company.
“We are working with Whitney, Bailey Cox & Magnani, LLC of Towson on the preliminary layout of the facility as well as conducting the topographical survey and soil borings. Additionally, Environmental Resources Management of Annapolis is assisting us with the permitting process,” said Glorioso.
“Construction is scheduled to begin this fall following the issuance of the environmental and construction permits,” Glorioso said. Operations are anticipated to begin in mid-2013.
At the Baltimore plant, FCC Environmental will recycle 40 million gallons of used motor oil annually back into “base oils” that will be transported offsite via truck and rail to be processed into passenger car motor oils, heavy duty diesel engine oils, transmission fluids and other lubricating products that meet or exceed industry standards and specifications.
While more than 1.2 billion gallons of used motor oil are collected in the U.S. every year, approximately 1 billion gallons are either burned for fuel in industrial furnaces or disposed of illegally. As a result, 1 billion gallons of virgin base oil must be produced at refineries each year to meet consumer demand, with most of the oil coming from overseas.
The recycling center, which is expected to create up to 100 jobs during its 12-month construction phase, will provide 30 permanent jobs – many of which will be classified as “green” positions.
About FCC Environmental
FCC Environmental, LLC provides recycling services for the automotive, commercial and industrial sectors of the U.S. economy. Its service offerings include used oil collection and processing, collection and recycling of used oil filters and antifreeze, along with parts cleaner supply and service, plus field service activity and emergency response capabilities to support the requirements of its customers.
Headquartered in Houston, FCC Environmental has maintained a regional office & operation in Baltimore since 1950. It has 38 branches and terminals throughout an 18 state operation, serving over 30,000 customer locations. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC), one of the world’s largest environmental service providers with headquarters in Madrid, Spain. With more than 90,000 employees operating in over 50 countries, FCC was able to provide the financial capability and leadership to allow FCC Environmental, LLC to expand its service offerings.