California Recycling Commission Report Urges Major Changes, With Many Policy Implications
A recent report from California's state recycling commission aims to provide a roadmap for bolstering the state's recycling system and reversing its declining recycling rates. The Statewide Commission on Recycling Markets and Curbside Recycling's report offers 19 policy recommendations meant to help California get back on track with achieving recycling and diversion goals while addressing market development and infrastructure issues, including a recommendation on compostable products certification and approval for composting or anaerobic digestion. To read more, click here.
RFS Power Coalition Applauds Re-Introduction of Shaheen/Thune Bill To Approve RFS Applications and Pathway Petitions from Electricity Producers
The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Power Coalition announced its support today for legislation introduced by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and John Thune (R-SD) that would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take action on RFS pathway petitions and applications submitted by biogas and biomass power producers. To read more, click here.
CalRecycle's SB 1383 Q&A Regional & Statewide Webinars
CalRecycle, in coordination with HF&H, will host a SB 1383 Q&A Regional Webinar Series beginning in February. Each regional webinar will be 3 hours long, and will cover collection, procurement, and edible food recovery requirements. Each topic will be covered for one hour and most of the time will be open for stakeholders to ask questions. Please note you are not limited to only attending your region's webinar; you may attend others as well. Agendas will be announced closer to the webinar dates.
Regional Webinars Dates and Times
- Bay Area: March 11, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
- Central Coast: March 25, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
- Northern California: March 30, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
For those who only wish to watch the webinar, the customary webcast remains available at https://calrecycle.ca.gov/Broadcast/ and should be used UNLESS you intend to comment or provide questions during the webinar. Please note that the specific broadcast links are not yet listed.
If there are any questions you would like to send prior to the webinars, please submit them to the SLCP inbox (SLCP.Organics@calrecycle.ca.gov) with the subject line: "[Insert Region] Regional Webinar Question" or "Solid Waste Facility Statewide Webinar Question." However, CalRecycle encourages stakeholders to ask questions during the webinar.
Webinars will be recorded and posted on the web as an additional implementation resource.
Aemetis Opens Bid Proposal Process For $2B In Offtake Contracts for SAF and RD
In California, Aemetis has opened the bid proposal process for $2 billion of offtake contracts for the launch of their "Carbon Zero" plant #1 to commercialize patented technology for the production of renewable jet fuel and renewable diesel for the aviation and commercial truck markets. The plant will be located at the 142-acre Riverbank Industrial Complex, a former US Army ammunitions plant in Riverbank, California. The Carbon Zero process converts waste biomass into renewable hydrogen to produce zero carbon and drop-in fuels. To read more, click here.
Starbucks, Unilever, Dairy Farmers of America on Their Food-Waste-to-Energy Alliance
The creation of the Farm Powered Strategic Alliance (FPSA) is an initiative by leading food companies to repurpose unavoidable food waste from manufacturing and supply chain operations into carbon-negative, farm-derived, renewable natural gas using dairy farm-hosted anaerobic digesters. The three founding members of the Farm Powered Strategic Alliance discuss how the pioneering partnership is propelling their individual sustainability strategies. To read more, click here.
Escondido AD Facility Is First in County
The City of Escondido's franchised waste hauler, Escondido Disposal (EDI), is constructing the first anaerobic digestion (AD) facility in San Diego County, capable of producing renewable natural gas that will serve the needs of the region. Once the facility is complete, EDI will expand source-separated green waste collection to include the recycling of food waste. The service will allow customers to place food scraps in the same container as green waste. To read more, click here.
New Fact Sheet Highlights Job Benefits of Bioenergy
A new Bioenergy and Jobs Fact Sheet was developed by Gladstein, Neandross & Associates for Bioenergy Association of California and California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership. The fact sheet highlights the jobs and other economic benefits that bioenergy provides from a range of organic waste sources and bioenergy end uses, including electricity generation, pipeline biogas, carbon negative vehicle fuels, and more. To read more, click here.