US Columbia Biogas gets franchise for a food waste-to-energy plant in Oregon - report
(ADPnews) - Dec 13, 2010 - US waste-to-energy firm Columbia Biogas had received a franchise permit to run a food waste-to-energy plant in Portland, Oregon, local weekly newspaper Portland Tribune reported last week.
The franchise approval was granted by the regional government agency Metro Council on Thursday evening, according to the newspaper.
Columbia Biogas will recycle food waste from commercial and industrial sources, excluding yard debris and garbage, and convert the waste into renewable energy, heat, clean water, fertilizer and soil amendments through an anaerobic digestion process.
The facility is expected to process some 90,000 tonnes of solid food waste and 104,000 tonnes of liquid food waste and produce enough energy to supply 5,000 households per year, the newspaper wrote.
Construction is scheduled to start in the summer of 2011 and is expected to create some 85 workplaces.