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Conversion Technology E-Newsletter – December 2019


Alternative Technology Advisory Subcommittee (ATAS) Meeting
January 16, 2020
Alhambra, CA

Renewable Gas 360
January 22-23, 2020
Sacramento, CA

VerdeXchange Conference
January 26-28, 2020
Los Angeles, CA

Compost 2020 Conference
January 28-31, 2020
Charleston, SC

RecyclingMarket Development Workshop in Cali/Baja Corridor for California and theSouthwest
Early February 2020
Chula Vista, CA

InternationalBiomass Conference & Expo
February 3-5, 2020
Nashville, TN

ZeroWaste Symposium
February 11, 2020
San Diego, CA

GlobalWaste Management Symposium (GWMS)
February 23-26, 2020
Indian Wells, CA


Howyour food scraps are going to fuel Toronto''s garbage trucks
Since 2015, the City of Toronto has beenworking to harness the biogas emitted from organic waste. Once fullyoperational in 2020, the Dufferin Solid Waste Management Facility will process55,000 tonnes of organic waste to create renewable natural gas, which will be mixedwith compressed natural gas to fuel Toronto''s fleet of 170 collection trucks. To read more, click here.

HowCities Are Turning Food into Fuel

Every year, Americathrows away more than 80 million pounds of food most of which ends upin landfills. Food waste takes up more room than any other kind of waste andproduces as much greenhouse gas as 3.4 million vehicles. An increasing number ofmunicipalities around the country are looking to turn food waste, an untappedresource, into usable energy called biogas. At least half a dozen American cities , including LosAngeles, Salt Lake City and Philadelphia, have begun using anaerobic digestionto handle food waste. To read more, click here.

Leyline Renewable Capital to FinanceDevelopment of Major Anaerobic Digestion Facilities in Philadelphia, PA andLinden, NJ
Leyline Renewable Capital announced new bridgefinancing for RNG Energy Solutions to develop two anaerobic digestion projects.One site in Philadelphia will process organic waste from the metro region andproduce renewable natural gas to be sold as transportation fuel. The other sitein Linden, New Jersey, will processorganicwaste streams from northern New Jersey and the NewYork metro area to produce pipeline quality gas. Each facility can processup to 1,100 tons of organic waste per day, equivalent to 135 million fewermiles driven by gas-powered cars annually. The two projects are expected tobegin construction in late 2020. To read more, click here.

DigestingThanksgiving Leftovers: One Utah Facility Turning Food Waste Into Energy
Wasatch Resource Recovery inNorth Salt Lake, Utah, is taking in more than 350 tons of food waste every day.Wasatch Resource Recovery startedprocessing food to create renewable natural gas in February 2019 and will take inmore food waste in the coming year once the facility is complete.Most of the foodwaste is from manufacturers in the area but also comes from restaurants,grocery stores and hospitals. To read more, click here.

Aries Clean Energy: Taking Gasification Mainstream inthe US
In 2016 Aries CleanEnergy completed construction on the worlds largest downdraft gasifier inLebanon, Tennessee. The process converts carbon-containing waste material intoa synthetic fuel gas, along with a very small amount of inert char. In July 2019,Aries Clean Energy received all approvals required to construct New Jerseysfirst biosolids-only gasification plant. Construction of the Linden Biosolidsproject should take around 12 months, with a further three months to achievefull commercial operation.To read more, click here.


CalRecycle Director AnnouncesResignation
Scott Smithline, the director of the CaliforniaDepartment of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), announced onNovember 22 that he will resign at the end of December. Smithline has served asdirector since 2015 and previously held the job of assistant director forpolicy development starting in 2011. To read more, click here.

Senate Bill 1383 Appendix to the Initial Statement of Reasons Available for Public Comment
The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) has released for public comment an Appendix to the Initial Statement of Reasons for the Senate Bill 1383 organic waste disposal reduction regulations. The appendix assesses the costs associated with revisions made to the regulation, revises the methodology used to estimate the costs of regulatory provisions in response to stakeholder comments, and aligns the economic assessments with disposal and recovery projections prepared for the Draft Environmental Impact Report. Comments on the updated rulemaking documents must be submitted by 1:00 PM on December 13, 2019. To read more click here.

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