Waste Management of Orange County has opened its new Food and Organic Recycling Facility, featuring processing technology that is the first of its kind in Southern California. Located at Waste Management’s Transfer and Processing Center in Orange, the food and organic recycling facility processes material collected from local businesses, and converts it into a an energy source. Local companies that will send organic waste to the facility include Fashion Island, Olive Garden, Montage Laguna Beach, Irvine Company, Hyatt Irvine and Lucille’s BBQ Grill in Lake Forest.
“This investment in green infrastructure allows us to take materials that were previously sent to the landfill and provide a solution that ensures beneficial reuse,” said Jason Rose, market area vice president for Waste Management of Orange County.
Separated food and organics are collected at participating businesses. Waste Management then picks up and transports the food and organics to the recycling facility where it is processed in a specially designed bio-separator. With this process, all contaminates are removed from organic waste, which is then transformed into an organic slurry that can be mixed with other complementary liquids to maximize its use in creating green energy. While other systems have had the capability to compost or convert food waste into a soil amendment through dehydration, this technology creates an end product that can be used for a number of sustainable applications, including the creation of green energy.