The Anaheim Sustainability Center will be a state-of-the-art facility which will convert food waste and other organic material into renewable energy. In addition to generating clean renewable energy, the Anaheim Sustainability Center will dramatically reduce the amount of waste material that is currently being transported to our local landfills.
The project will benefit the City of Anaheim in numerous ways, some of which are highlighted below:
Renewable Energy Generation
4 megawatts of renewable electricity will be generated and made available for purchase by Anaheim Public Utilities. That is enough renewable energy to power nearly 5,000 homes in the City of Anaheim.
Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Reduction
The Anaheim Sustainability Center anticipates an overall reduction of approximately 50,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases. This is equivalent to taking approximately 10,500 vehicles off the road.
The Anaheim Sustainability Center will employ approximately 10 full-time operations staff and 8 full-time truck driving staff on a permanent basis. This is in addition to the initial estimate of 20 full-time employees Republic Services may add to support the project. Construction of the project is likely to create up to 50 construction jobs and will create 10 engineering and design jobs during the initial planning and design phase.
After the food waste and other organic materials are converted into renewable energy, a solid byproduct known as digestate remains, which is hauled away. Off-site processing transforms the nutrient-rich digestate into a soil amendment.
The Anaheim Sustainability Center is intended to help extend the life of our local landfills. An additional 300 tons per day of current commercial waste will be diverted from the Orange County landfill system. The increased diversion will reduce the amount of solid waste the City of Anaheim currently sends to the landfill.