Massachusetts funding to aid anaerobic digestion projects

By Erin Voegele | November 11, 2016

Massachusetts recently awarded grant funding to two biogas-related projects under development by CRMC Bioenergy LLC and EL Harvey and Sons Inc. The awards were made under the commonwealth’s Recycling Business Development Grant program.

CRMC Bioenergy, a wholly owned subsidiary of CommonWealth Resource Management Corp. was awarded up to $200,000. The company owns and operates the existing BRMC Bioenergy Facility at the Crapo Hill Sanity Landfill in Dartmouth. CRMC aims to use the funding to add the ability to source and accept bulk materials in quantities required to support the planned expansion of the facility, an operating pilot-scale anaerobic digestion project. The grant will, in part, be used to purchase de-packaging equipment that will enable the facility to accept and process bulk organics that are packaged or have some level of contamination into a pump-able, slurried form for anaerobic digestion.

EL Harvey and Sons was awarded up to $100,000 to purchase a tank to be used with de-packaging equipment. The grant will be used, in part, to purchase a vertical silo tank to be used with de-packaging equipment that will store processed organics in slurry form, which will feed anaerobic digestion. The process is expected to divert an estimated 10,000 tons per year of organics that are currently landfilled or incinerated.

A third award of up to $200,000 was made to a Troiano Trucking Inc. to support the conversion of organics that are packaged or have some level of contamination into high-quality animal feed.

"Recycling plays an important role in the Massachusetts economy, employing thousands of people and converting recyclable materials into valuable end-products," said Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker. "Continuing to advance opportunities to increase recycling not only helps protect our environment, but also creates jobs and stimulates the economy."

"Earlier this year, MassDEP was selected to receive an Environmental Merit Award from EPA New England for the Commonwealth's work to reduce food waste," said Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. "Our commitment to reducing the disposal of unwanted food has been reinforced with this round of grant funding. We are building our infrastructure to better manage organics and, in the process, protecting our environment, creating greener energy and supporting economic growth."

The RBDG program, which targets difficult-to-recycle materials, including glass, mattresses and packaged food, is funded through the sale of waste-to-energy credits. This round of grants funded projects that promote the recovery of packaged food with processes that maximize the use of both the packaging and the food material. As a condition of receiving funding, grant recipients commit to meeting tonnage goals over a two-year period.