and organic recycling center opened by WM
Waste Management of Orange County (WMOC) opened
its new Food and Organic Recycling Facility, featuring processing
technology that is the first of its kind in Southern California.
Located at WMOC’s Transfer and Processing Center in Orange, the
Food and Organic Recycling facility processes food and organics
collected from local businesses, and converts it into a material
that can be used as a source of energy. Local companies that
will be sending organic waste to the WMOC facility include Fashion
Island, Olive Garden, Montage Laguna Beach, Irvine Company, Hyatt
Irvine and Lucille’s BBQ Grill in Lake Forest.
In the program, separated food and organics are collected at
participating businesses. WMOC then picks up and transports the
food and organics to the recycling facility where it is processed
in a specially designed bio-separator. With this process, all
contaminates are removed from organic waste, which is then transformed
into an organic slurry that can be mixed with other complementary
liquids to maximize its use in creating green energy. While WMOC
and other companies have had the capability to compost or convert
food waste into a soil amendment through dehydration, this is
the first technology in the region that creates an end product
that can be used for a number of sustainable applications.
CalRecycle estimates that food waste accounts for nearly 16 percent
of the overall waste stream in California, over 6 million tons