NYC program benefits biogas

By Staff | March 14, 2014

During the final week of 2013, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed the city’s new commercial organic waste policy into law. The initiative aims to reduce New York City’s greenhouse gas emissions from waste disposal while producing useful resources, such as biogas and soil amendment products. The law essentially requires certain businesses within 100 miles of the city that generate food waste to divert that waste to anaerobic digestion or composting facilities, beginning in 2015.

“NYC’s extraordinary action will be a shot of adrenaline to the growing biogas and compost industries which are ready, able and willing to manage organic wastes as a resource. This new policy fulfills a fundamental need for biogas and composting project development: a predictable and reliable source of organic feedstocks. With it, compost manufacturing facilities can produce a reliable supply of compost, and biogas facilities can continuously produce biogas and digested materials for gardening and agriculture,” said Patrick Serfass, executive director of the American BiogasCouncil. “Project financing also flows more readily with more certainty in feedstock supply, and will create jobs, renewable energy and soil amendment products while reducing greenhouse gases.”