Bioenergy Devco Wins Bid For California Organics Recycling Facility

The City of Long Beach has entered into exclusive negotiations with Bioenergy Devco, the North American division of BTS Bioenergy, to construct an organics recycling facility that will recycle food waste, converting it to an organic soil amendment and renewable natural gas (RNG). This facility will help Long Beach advance its sustainability goals and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Bioenergy Devco’s anaerobic digestion technology provides a solution for recycling organic waste. The technology prevents food scraps and other organics from being disposed of in landfills, mitigating the release of potent methane gas, a significant contributor to climate change. Bioenergy Devco helps communities across the country meet their sustainability goals by turning waste into renewable energy, reducing greenhouse gasses, and advancing environmental stewardship.

The Long Beach facility will use anaerobic digestion technology to generate biogas from organic waste streams, then clean and condition the gas to pipeline quality RNG. Once complete, Long Beach’s facility will process up to 314,000 tons (284,856 tonnes) of organic material per year, mitigating the release of more than 47,545 tons (43,132 tonnes) of carbon dioxide equivalent into the atmosphere. The new facility will be constructed on the Southeast Resource Recovery Facility (SERRF) site, previously operated by Covanta. The SERRF is slated to be decommissioned and demolished by the city later this year.

“We are excited to collaborate with Bioenergy Devco on this advanced recycling facility,” said Jane Hermsen, Energy Resources Department Bureau Manager for the City of Long Beach. “This facility will not only help us meet our environmental goals, but it will also provide economic benefits to the region.”

Bioenergy Devco’s public-private collaboration with the City of Long Beach advances sustainable waste management practices and shows environmental responsibility. By using anaerobic digestion technology to recycle organic waste into RNG and soil amendments, this project will reduce greenhouse emissions, create local jobs, drive economic growth for Long Beach, and bolster energy resilience by reducing reliance on fossil fuels.