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Turning Organics Into Energy
Turning Organics Into Energy
I am a community member in a city in California, how best can we get our Sanitation or Public Works Department to investigate if this is a solution for our city?
If you live in a city that self-hauls its waste, ask your city representatives their plan for increased food waste diversion? If you live in a city which contracts its waste collection services with a small or large hauler, ask about the contract terms and where that waste management companies plans to direct food and green waste.
Can the food and green organics your facility processes, from a transfer station or directly by truck haul, accept organics for a two-bin or three-bin system?
TNRE will accept organics from a green bin. Our facility will accept commingled organic streams, Source Separated Organics (SSO), post-consumer food scraps in the green bin with yard trimmings, or packaged material from commercial sources. Per CalRecycle, each jurisdiction may also choose their own method of collection, as long as they are able to recycle the organic waste into usable products. A one-, two-, or three-container collection system may be implemented, with standardized colors of collection containers and proper labeling on new containers. A one-container collection system allows for all waste – solid waste, organic materials, and recyclable materials – to be combined in one gray bin and sent to a high-diversion organic waste processing facility where the waste is separated. TNRE will not be a high-diversion organic waste processing facility. Our facility will not process Mixed Solid Waste (MSW) from the gray bin. As per CalRecycle, a two-container collection system uses one gray bin along with one blue or green bin. In both systems, the gray containers must be sent to a high-diversion organic waste processing facility. Again, TNRE will not be a high-diversion organic waste processing facility. If there is a green bin in the two-container collection system, that green bin is solely for food and yard waste. We will be operating Compost and AD Facilities thus we can collect material from a green bin. In a three-container system, a green bin is used for food and yard waste, blue for traditional recyclables, and gray for waste that is not organic or recyclable. We will be operating Compost and AD Facilities thus we can collect material from a green bin.
We will contract directly with the waste management companies. We are not haulers but process and recycle products from the organic streams arriving at our gates. We will help Jurisdictions and waste management companies with education to pass along to their clients, businesses and residents from whom they collect diverted organics.
We are currently developing sites in several California communities, and Arizona, but have nothing operational now.
We plan to start accepting material in 2025 and will continue to take material, with no pause in operations.
TNRE will work on long-term and preferential pricing for clients that engage in early development of the TNRE facilities. We look forward to exploring options for your Company and the Jurisdictions you service.
What is the anticipated cost increase for an average household to implement this long-term and sustainable solution?
Contracts need to be amended and negotiated between Jurisdictions and their waste management companies. TNRE suspects that to implement a state-of-the art AD facility to process organics, with the added benefit of RNG and compost, the cost increase will equate to one coffee per month / per household.
TNRE is convinced our facilities will have a positive impact on property values in the area. Our facilities will bring a significant increase in property and sales tax revenue to reinvest in the community. Further, by creating an employment hubs we will create up to 50 well-paying, green jobs, at each facility that will provide individuals the opportunity to buy homes and raise their families in the communities they live in.
As part of the permitting process, we will perform a traffic study to ensure we do not adversely impact the traffic or safety levels within your community.
Developing a facility that is complementary to the surrounding community is important to TNRE. We do our best to choose areas that are nearly void of residential homes, and hired an industry leading architect to develop an attractive solution that implements design elements of the surrounding community. The renderings of our facilities will have color palates and landscaping plantings allowing the facility to complement the surrounding landscape.
ACCEPTING ORGANIC MATERIALS: HOW IT WORKS?
Accepting Organic Materials: How It Works?
Our solution utilizes contamination removal best practices to ensure highest organic recovery and our system can handle changing organic material mix over time. TNRE Facilities will process commingled organic streams – food scraps, green waste and yard trimmings – all in the same bin. TNRE facilities will manage loads from a variety of sources – residential, industrial, institutional and commercial sources.
TNRE and its leadership team have managed organics facilities around the world and understands your concerns regarding odors. We have done in-depth concept development to choose established and proven technologies that implement the most advanced odor control technologies, these include a fully enclosed receiving building with negative airflow constantly pulling air into the building, an airtight anaerobic digestion solution, an advanced composting process, and the implementation of a biofilter system that will treat and clean the air before it is discharged. Further, we will develop and implement an odor control plan that will have a number for the public to call with any odor complaints. If there are any odor complaints, they will be quickly investigated and resolved.
The flares that TNRE will implement are for emergency use only and will be fully enclosed with no visible flame.
RENEWABLE NATURAL GAS:
Renewable Natural Gas
TNRE continues to advocate for the development, deployment, and utilization of renewable natural gas to ensure there is a clean, domestic, renewable fuel and energy supply.
In the digestor, raw biogas is captured and converted into a near pure methane gas, which can then be injected into pipelines, and be used to displace conventional natural gas in virtually any application.
Renewable Natural Gas comes from organic material and organic waste (materials such as leaves, grass, agricultural crop residues, and food scraps) whereas conventional natural gas, or fossil source natural gas, is derived from tapping limited natural resources underground.
As a substitute for natural gas, RNG has many applications, for example: to de-carbonize the pipeline, in thermal applications, to generate electricity, for vehicle fuel.
The finished high quality compost will be marketed to agricultural end users as well as local jurisdictions for residential application and use. Compost will be available for bulk purchase, no bagging or transportation will be available.
The TNRE facilities will produce high quality soil-amending compost, aiming to comply and meet the requirements of the US Composting Council’s Seal of Testing Assurance Program (STA)—a compost testing, labeling, information disclosure, and marketing tool for TNRE. Since the facilities will be accepting inputs from Single-Family Home Residents, Multifamily Residents and Multifamily Complexes, and will likely contain compostable products, the TNRE facilities may not comply with the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP), and other certifiers of organic compost or inputs.