Food Recycling Winner
The Republic Services Food Recycling Project in Contra Costa County, California is an innovative partnership with the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) to generated renewable energy by capturing gas generated during decomposition. For these efforts, the Republic Services local service division was awarded the 2008 Gold Level Award by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). Republic Services brings in food waste from area businesses and takes it to the EBMUD treatment plant. As the material naturally decomposes, it generates methane gas, which is then used to generate electricity. This electricity primarily powers EBMUD with any excess sold to the Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
By diverting food from their waste stream, customers reduce the amount of material sent for disposal.