Closing the Loop on Organics in Westfield

Instead of filling up landfills, Westfield’s organic waste could be generating power… and reducing our town’s costs. The purpose of this presentation and discussion is to showcase how organic waste is being used today to generate power in an environmentally-friendly way at the Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority (RVSA) and opportunities for Westfield to benefit. By participating, Westfield could reduce its RVSA costs and businesses and residents could reduce their garbage tonnage fees.  The event will include several presentations from key players, and will be followed by an open discussion.

Speakers Include:

·      Serpil Guran, PhD

            Director, Rutgers EcoComplex "Clean Energy Innovation Center"

·      Jim VanWoert

            Area Director of Diversion Strategies for Waste Management  

·      Jim Meehan

            Executive Director at Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority

A Brief Overview of the Opportunity:  

  • Processing food scraps can reclaim otherwise lost value, generate clean energy and reduce greenhouse emissions
  • According to the EPA, if 50% of the nation's food waste were converted to energy in waste-to-energy facilities, it could power up to 2.5 million homes per year
  • Organic waste is heavy and adds to tonnage — and thus hauling costs and tipping fees at landfills  
  • Waste Management's (WM) CORe process turns discarded food into engineered bio-slurry (EBS)
  • WM transports its EBS to Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority's co-digester and the gas that is recovered from the anaerobic digestion process is used, in part, to power the facility
  • WM is looking for steady streams of organic waste to feed into its system and RVSA has unmet capacity to accept the EBS
  • Westfield could be a leader in diverting organic waste, help reduce its RVSA costs and help businesses and residents reduce their garbage costs while helping to create "green" energy

This presentation is open to any interested businesses or residents, so please feel free to forward the invitation. And to help us ensure we have enough seats, please pre-register by sending an email with your name to westfieldgreenteamorganics@gmail.com.

Contact Information
  1. westfieldgreenteamorganics@gmail.com
Thu, January 31
4:30 pm — 5:30 pm
Add to My Calendar 01/31/2019 4:30pm 01/31/2019 5:30pm America/New_York Closing the Loop on Organics in Westfield

Instead of filling up landfills, Westfield’s organic waste could be generating power… and reducing our town’s costs. The purpose of this presentation and discussion is to showcase how organic waste is being used today to generate power in an environmentally-friendly way at the Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority (RVSA) and opportunities for Westfield to benefit. By participating, ...

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