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E.P.A. launches online waste-to-biogas mapping tool

The United States Environmental Protection Agency Pacific Southwest Region launched the United States' first online waste-to-biogas mapping tool which is aimed at supporting the use of organic waste for renewable energy projects.

The tool is an interactive map that links food and other biodegradable waste sources with facilities like wastewater treatment plants. Wastewater treatment plants and some dairies manage waste with anaerobic digesters, which produce methane-rich biogas as a natural byproduct.

By adding food scraps or fats, oils and grease to an anaerobic digester, facilities can increase biogas production.

In a study conducted in 2008 by the Northern California Power Agency, a nonprofit agency that advocates the generation of electricity from environment-friendly sources, it was determined that agricultural, wastewater and food processing waste could be digested to generate 453 megawatts of energy.

This could fuel a utility-scale power plant while preventing 3.7 million tons of organic material from ending up in a landfill.

The mapping tool is designed for decision-makers in the field of waste management and renewable energy, such as businesses, state and local governments. It will allow users to identify the types of facilities within their area, where clusters are located and the distance between a waste producer and an anaerobic digester.

It can also function in reverse, where the generators of organic waste want to locate partner facilities that will accept it.

The interactive tool can be found at www.epa.gov/region9/biogas. – EcoSeed Staff



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