December 7 (Renewables Now) - Anaergia Inc said on Wednesday it has been awarded a contract to build a facility that will recover food waste from Los Angeles' municipal solid waste stream for conversion into renewable energy.
The Ontario-based company will construct a solid waste processing line at Waste Management's Sun Valley Recycling Park. The line, expected to start operations in 2019, will use the company's technology that recovers organics from contaminated municipal solid waste through high pressure extrusion. It will extract up to 300 tonnes per day of organic waste, which will processed at Anaergia's Rialto bioenergy facility in Rialto, California. Via anaerobic digestion technology the organic waste will be turned into renewable electricity, renewable natural gas, and fertilizer. Part of the renewable natural gas could fuel Waste Management's compressed natural gas trucks, the company said.
The Rialto bioenergy facility is expected to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by up to 220,000 tonnes a year, as a result of diverting organic waste from landfills and replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy.