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For Immediate Release: August 16, 2017
Release #2017-11
For more information contact:
Lance Klug

As an integral part of the state’s far-reaching effort to slow and reverse the effects of climate change, the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery has awarded $24 million in grants to help convert more of the state’s organic waste (food, green waste, and wood) into renewable energy and compost.

“These latest climate investments provide a much-needed boost to California’s organic waste recycling capacity, which the state must roughly double to meet its greenhouse gas reduction and 75 percent recycling goals,” CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline said. “These infrastructure projects will diversify our local economies—creating durable green jobs that can’t be outsourced.”

When sent to landfills, organic waste decomposes and generates methane, a short-lived climate pollutant 70 times more potent than carbon dioxide. CalRecycle helps fund construction, renovation, or expansion of facilities in California that recycle organic material into value-added products like compost or renewable energy.

California Climate Investments

CalRecycle’s Organics Grant program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving human health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities.

Of the $24 million allocated to CalRecycle’s Organics Grant program in 2016-17:

  • $12 million was dedicated to digestion projects, which turn organic waste into renewable energy and soil amendments. Maximum award: $4 million
  • $12 million was dedicated to compost operations—$3 million of which was allocated specifically for projects in rural areas. Maximum award: $3 million

Demand in CalRecycle’s Organics Grant Program well exceeded the $24 million in available funds for 2016-17, with 35 eligible applicants requesting $88.6 million. CalRecycle granted funds to the 10 highest scoring applicants based on criteria of greenhouse gas reductions, the amount of organic material diverted from landfills, benefits to disadvantaged communities, and project readiness.

Many infrastructure project proposals included funding for food rescue efforts to recover landfill-destined, edible food for Californians in need. Food waste prevention remains the most environmentally beneficial way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. While food rescue was not among the scoring criteria for the organics grant, it was a consideration for evaluating benefits to disadvantaged communities.

FY 2016-17 Organics Grant Program Recipients: Anaerobic Digestion Projects
ApplicantCountyProject DescriptionTotal Award
County Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles CountyLos AngelesEquipment upgrades to complete organic food waste pre-processing and anaerobic digestion system. Grantee will convert regional food waste into renewable gas for transportation fuel. Includes dedicated funds for partnership with a local food rescue entity.
  • New Jobs? Yes
  • New Organic Waste Diverted? Yes
  • Food Rescue Component? Yes
$4,000,000
HZIU Kompogas SLO, Inc.San Luis ObispoDesign, build, and operate a Kompogas anaerobic digestion facility. Grantee will convert regional organic waste into renewable electricity and compost. Includes dedicated funds for partnership with Valley Food Bank.
  • New Jobs? Yes
  • New Organic Waste Diverted? Yes
  • Food Rescue Component? Yes
$4,000,000
Rialto Bioenergy Facility, LLCSan BernardinoEquipment upgrades to in-vessel digestion facility to process regional food waste into renewable electricity. Includes dedicated funds for partnership with Helping Hands Pantry.
  • New Jobs? Yes
  • New Organic Waste Diverted? Yes
  • Food Rescue Component? Yes
$4,000,000
Subtotal$12,000,000
FY 2016-17 Organics Grant Program Recipients: Compost Projects
ApplicantCountyProject DescriptionTotal Award
City of San DiegoSan DiegoEquipment upgrade of current windrow composting facility to a covered aerated static pile system. Will enable regional expansion of food waste composting program. Includes dedicated funds for partnership with Kitchens for Good.
  • New Jobs? Yes
  • New Organic Waste Diverted? Yes
  • Food Rescue Component? Yes
$3,000,000
Mid Valley Recycling, LLCFresnoExpansion of current aerated static pile composting system to support new organic waste recycling programs in the community.
  • New Jobs? Yes
  • New Organic Waste Diverted? Yes
  • Food Rescue Component? No
$1,875,000
Salinas Valley Solid Waste AuthorityMontereyExpansion of current organic chip and grind facility to include a food waste composting operation. Includes equipment upgrades and dedicated funds for partnership with Food Bank for Monterey County.
  • New Jobs? Yes
  • New Organic Waste Diverted? Yes
  • Food Rescue Component? Yes
$1,341,865
Recology Yuba-SutterYubaFirst of three-phase project to design, build, and operate new covered aerated static pile compost system to recycle regional green waste.
  • New Jobs? Yes
  • New Organic Waste Diverted? Yes
  • Food Rescue Component? No
$2,783,135
Subtotal$9,000,000
FY 2016-17 Organics Grant Program Recipients: Rural Compost Projects
ApplicantCountyProject DescriptionTotal Award
Napa Recycling & Waste Services, LLCNapaEquipment upgrades to recover more food waste for grantee’s existing compost operation. Includes dedicated funds for partnership with Emergency Food Bank of Stockton.
  • New Jobs? Yes
  • New Organic Waste Diverted? Yes
  • Food Rescue Component? Yes
$541,700
South Lake Refuse Company, LLCLakeEquipment upgrades to expand existing green waste composting site to include food waste composting. Includes dedicated funds for partnership with Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services.
  • New Jobs? Yes
  • New Organic Waste Diverted? Yes
  • Food Rescue Component? Yes
$1,218,026
West Coast WasteMaderaDesign, build, and operate new aerated static pile composting system to recycle regional organic waste. An on-site learning center is also planned.
  • New Jobs? Yes
  • New Organic Waste Diverted? Yes
  • Food Rescue Component? No
$1,240,274
Subtotal$3,000,000

Total: $24,000,000

Eligible applicants for CalRecycle’s Organics Grant program include cities, counties, and other local agencies; businesses; California universities and colleges; nonprofit organizations; and qualifying Indian Tribes.

Learn more about CalRecycle’s new Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program, California’s new push to recover edible food for hungry people before it becomes waste, and the state’s latest investments to turn food and other organic waste into renewable energy or increase compost capacity and demand in California.


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