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Conversion Technology E-Newsletter – October 2020




VERGE 2020 Conference

October 26-30, 2020



Annual Southern California Waste Management Forum Conference

November 5, 2020



CSAC 126th Annual Meeting/CEAC Fall Conference

November 12 -19, 2020 NOW VIRTUAL


National Zero Waste Conference

December 1-3, 2020 NOW VIRTUAL



December 7-10, 2020 RESCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 2021

Dallas, TX


RNG 2020 Conference

December 8 -11, 2020 RESCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 2021

Dana Point, CA



January 26-27, 2021





Environmental Research & Education Foundation Grant Pre-Proposal Submissions

Environmental Research & Education Foundation is accepting submittals for grant pre-proposals.  The pre-proposal topics must relate to sustainable solid waste management practices and pertain to the following topic areas: waste minimization; recycling; waste conversion to energy, biofuels, chemicals or other useful products; strategies to promote diversion to higher and better uses; and landfilling.  Pre-proposals will be accepted beginning November 17, 2020 and up to the close of business (5:00 p.m. EST) on December 1, 2020. To read more, click here.




Now available on the Southern California Conversion Technology website, facility permitting flowcharts provide an overview of the permitting process for gasification facilities processing biomass or municipal solid waste feedstocks, composting facilities, and anaerobic digestion facilities. To download a copy of the facility permitting flowcharts, please click here.




Senate Bill 1383 Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Regulations

CalRecycle resubmitted the final regulatory package for Senate Bill 1383 Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP) Regulations to the Office of Administrative Law on October 7, 2020.   SB 1383 establishes methane emissions reduction targets in a Statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants in various sectors of Californias economy.  SB 1383 requires a 50 percent reduction in organic waste landfill disposal by 2020 and a 75 percent reduction by 2025.  To read the new regulations, click here.


California Bill Expands Definition of RNG

On September 30, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 3163 which expands the definition of renewable natural gas (RNG) to include energy that comes from additional forms of organic waste. This expanded definition will allow for the use of pipeline-quality RNG made from methane produced through the anaerobic decomposition of organic material, including co-digestion. The methane can also be produced from the non-combustion thermal conversion of agricultural crop residues, residential green waste, wood waste, nonrecyclable paper materials, livestock waste, and municipal sewage sludge or biosolids. To read more, click here.


Can We Have A Power Grid That Is Both Renewable and Reliable?

Solar, wind and batteries are critical to Californias clean energy future but are not enough. California needs to diversify its renewable energy portfolio and increase the use of carbon negative, renewable resources that can fill in around solar and wind power.  With a diverse portfolio of renewable resources, including biogas generated from organic waste, California can ensure a reliable and renewable power grid.  To ready more, click here.




Ways2H, Local Power Aspire to Sell Hydrogen from Waste for Microgrids

Local Power, a Haydenville, Massachusetts-based research and development company, is working with developer Ways2H to bring renewable hydrogen produced from electrolysis of waste, especially plastics, into local microgrids.  Currently, Ways2H is working to secure feedstock from waste companies and municipalities, with plans to convert it and sell the energy for microgrid use. To read more, click here.


Ductor To Develop 200 Biogas Projects in The EU and North America

Ductor, a Finnish-Swiss biotechnology company, will develop up to 200 new biogas and sustainable fertilizer projects in Europe and North America in the next three years. The new projects such as biogas plants will use agricultural or fish waste to create two separate products: renewable biogas and sustainable organic fertilizer.  To read more, click here.


Can Graphene from Waste Be a Breakthrough for Some Manufacturers?

Toronto-based Universal Matter has discovered an inexpensive way to make large quantities of graphene from waste and aspires to sell product to cement and concrete companies.  Universal Matter can make carbon from waste, including plastic waste, organics and tires, by using electricity to break the chemical bonds and reconstructing the material into graphene.  To read more, click here.


Food Waste Facility Opens in Massachusetts

Whole Foods Market, in Andover, Massachusetts, installed a Grind2Energy system to process food waste into a slurry, which then goes to a dairy farm owned by Vanguard Renewables for injection into the farms anaerobic digester.  The company has six farm digesters in Massachusetts and Vermont that codigest food waste and manure.   In September 2020, Vanguard Renewables began commissioning of its organics recycling facility with capacity to process 250 tons per day of food waste, both packaged and unpackaged. The facility is in Agawam, Massachusetts, and is centrally located to the companys farm digesters.  To read more, click here.

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