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Anaergia to build food waste recovery facility in California for Waste Management

Canada-headed organic waste treatment plant operators and technology providers Anaergia Inc., has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Houston, Texas-based Waste Management Inc., (WM) to build a waste organics facility at the Sun Valley Recycling Park in Sun Valley, California which is owned by WM. This project is designed to recover food waste from Los Angeles’ municipal solid waste (MSW) stream.

According to Anaergia, it will build a turnkey state-of-the-art solid waste processing line at Waste Management’s Sun Valley Recycling Park. This processing line will feature Anaergia’s patented Organics Extrusion Press (OREX), described as a “robust cutting-edge technology” that recovers organics from contaminated municipal solid waste (MSW) through high-pressure extrusion.

The OREX line will be used to extract up to 300 tonnes per day of organic waste from the Los Angeles MSW stream. The Sun Valley facility is expected to begin operations in 2019.

This technology expands our capability as a leader in organics recycling and sustainability by recovering organics from the waste stream and meeting the current and future organics diversion needs of Los Angeles, said Larry Metter, Area Vice President for Waste Management of Southern California.

The organic waste diverted from the solid waste stream will be processed at Anaergia’s Rialto Bioenergy Facility in Rialto, California. Using own anaerobic digestion (AD) technology, the organic waste will be converted into biogas that will be used for electricity generation, renewable natural gas (RNG), and fertilizer. A portion of the RNG can be used to fuel Waste Management’s compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks.

Anaergia’s Rialto Bioenergy facility will utilize its high solids wet AD system. This facility is expected to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 220 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually, the result from diverting organic waste from landfills and from replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy.

Working together with Waste Management is an important step in our Company’s mission to recover value from waste streams. The project will introduce leading-edge organics recovery technologies to Los Angeles that will enhance recovery of organics, renewable energy, and fertilizer, said Andrew Benedek, CEO and Chairman of Anaergia.

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