The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Pacific Southwest Region has launched an online waste-to-biogas mapping tool to support the use of organic waste for energy projects in California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada.
The tool is an interactive map created to link food and other biodegradable waste sources with facilities that can increase biogas production and provide a renewable energy source.
“This innovative mapping tool, the first of its kind in the nation, helps restaurants, hotels and other food waste generators to connect with large energy producers,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “Harvesting this energy prevents waste from ending up in landfills or clogging sewer lines.”
The tool is designed for decision-makers with technical expertise in the fields of waste management, wastewater treatment, and renewable energy. This includes businesses, state and local governments, and non-profits. The tool allows users to determine the types of facilities in their area, where clusters are located, and the distance between a waste producer and an anaerobic digester. The tool also functions in reverse – allowing generators of organic waste to find partner facilities that will accept it.
To get started using the mapping tool, click here.
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