Republic Services opens first Northern California organics pre-processing facility ahead of new state law mandating diversion
Republic Services has opened its first Northern California organics pre-processing facility, which will help Bay Area communities meet the requirements of a new state law mandating diversion of food and yard waste from landfills.
The facility removes contamination from food waste collected from businesses in Contra Costa County, and produces clean organic material that is converted into renewable energy through a partnership with the East Bay Municipal Utility District.
A state law (SB 1383) that goes into effect Jan. 1, 2022, will require every home and business in California to recycle their food and yard waste. More than 500 business customers participate in food waste recycling through the Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority's RecycleSmart program, which delivers food waste to Republic's Martinez facility.
The new facility is capable of processing 20 tons of food waste per hour. It is Republic's second organics pre-processing operation in the state; its first opened in Anaheim in 2018. Republic is pursuing additional similar opportunities throughout the state.
After pre-processing, clean organic material is delivered to the East Bay Municipal Utility District's wastewater treatment facility in Oakland. Through anaerobic digestion, the organic waste is converted into biogas, which is used to generate electricity to power the treatment facility as well as operations at the neighbouring Port of Oakland.