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Anaheim, CA Considering Food Waste-to-Biofuel Plant

Date: August 8, 2016

Source: News Room

The City of Anaheim, CA is considering an anaerobic digestion plant that would convert food waste into biogas as a renewable energy source. Anaergia is proposing to build what it would call "The Anaheim Sustainability Center" which would generate 4 megawatts of energy, enough to power 5,000 homes, and sell that to Anaheim Public Utilities. A byproduct of the process results in pellet-sized digestate that can be used as fertilizer. Anaergia would team up with Republic Services, Anaheim's waste hauler, which would sort the trash and transport the organic waste in a sealed truck to the 3,600-square-foot, state-of-the-art digestion plant.

This is one of many new food waste recycling plants being considered across California as local jurisdictions try to find ways to comply with a state law that mandates the diversion of organic wastes from landfills and seeks to reduce greenhouse gases. The state's goal is to divert 50 percent of organic waste from landfills by 2020.

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