Zero Waste Energy Breaks Ground on Organic Waste to CNG Fuel Facility


LAFAYETTE, CA--(Marketwired - November 07, 2013) - Zero Waste Energy, LLC (ZWE) is proud to announce the groundbreaking of its latest project, an anaerobic digestion facility in South San Francisco, CA that will convert organic waste into compressed natural gas (CNG) and compost. The Blue Line Biogenic CNG facility will convert 11,200 TPY of food and green waste into 100,000+ diesel equivalent gallons of CNG fuel. It is estimated that each collection vehicle will collect enough organic waste during just one route to fuel it for an entire day, creating a true closed loop system.

The Blue Line Biogenic CNG Facility will be developed in a partnership with Blue Line Transfer Inc., South San Francisco Scavenger Co., Inc., and Zero Waste Energy, LLC. The project is essential in addressing numerous AB 32 requirements, diverting almost 95% of the organic waste feedstock from landfills. The project will include a SMARTFERM® anaerobic digestion facility that will transform 11,200 tons of food and green waste per year into compressed natural gas (CNG), produce heat to run the facility, an in-vessel composting system that will mitigate odor issues and provide digestate that will be matured into compost.

"SMARTFERM will give us the ability to reduce the organics going into the landfill by converting that same waste into CNG fuel to power our collection routes. Good for us, the cities we serve, and California as well," said Doug Button, President of South San Francisco Scavenger, Co., Inc. 

The facility is scheduled to commence operation in the second quarter of 2014. 

SMARTFERM is a state-of-the-art dry anaerobic digestion system that processes organic waste feedstocks and generates renewable energy. SMARTFERM systems can include biogas-processing technology for combined heat and power (CHP) generation as well as compressed natural gas (CNG). In addition, in-vessel composting options can provide partial or complete maturing of compost for the wholesale or retail market. SMARTFERM facilities can process 4,000 TPY to 100,000 TPY of almost any organic material.

Zero Waste Energy, LLC is an industry leading development company that designs, builds, and operates integrated solid waste processing facilities throughout the Americas and Asia. ZWE's principal goal is to optimize waste diversion and the generation of renewable energy in an efficient and environmentally sound manner. With its extensive expertise and advanced technologies, the company offers innovative mixed solid waste processing and patented anaerobic digestion systems for conversion of organic waste into valuable renewable energy and clean compost. 

For more information on Zero Waste Energy and the South San Francisco CNG Facility, as well as Zero Waste Energy's other projects, visit

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Ashley Beleny
Environmental Relations PR
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