CalEPA: Food Waste Program

Cal/EPA has implemented a pilot food-waste program that includes a food-waste anaerobic digester process to create fuel for the waste contractor’s truck fleet. Approach: Under this program, specific containers are distributed in high-traffic areas, such as the building’s café, daycare and larger break rooms. Food waste is collected from each location at the end of each day and brought to the loading dock for the weekly pick-up." data-share-imageurl="">
Friday, April 24, 2015

Purpose of the project:

Cal/EPA has implemented a pilot food-waste program that includes a food-waste anaerobic digester process to create fuel for the waste contractor’s truck fleet.

Approach:

Under this program, specific containers are distributed in high-traffic areas, such as the building’s café, daycare and larger break rooms. Food waste is collected from each location at the end of each day and brought to the loading dock for the weekly pick-up. The food waste is brought to a nearby anaerobic digester, where it helps to create fuel for the waste contractor’s truck fleet.

Results:

The monthly average during the pilot phase has yielded more than 1,300 pounds of food waste diverted, which equates to 0.88 Tons CO2E saved per ton of material recycled/composted. This is the equivalent of taking 1.5 cars off the road. The program has since been expanded to include one bin per break room per floor. Results are expected to increase as the program becomes fully implemented to include every break room within the building in the early part of January 2015. After all permanent bins are in place, the property team will monitor the volume for several weeks each year to track activity on a year-to-year basis.

“Incorporating the food waste program into our existing procedures was a streamlined process that involved educating the tenants, training the janitorial staff and monitoring the progress. The environmental benefits far outweigh the initial time investment.” Heidi Silveira, Property Manager