Thinking outside of the box: VVWRA creates clean, renewable energy with waste management.

By Staff Reports

(Hesperia) -– The Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority (VVWRA) is collaborating with Waste Management, a fortune 500 company, to convert food waste into clean, renewable energy thereby offsetting some of VVWRA’s current operating costs.

The local wastewater agency will begin testing a program where some of its excess digester capacity will be used to process a specially formulated food slurry supplied by Waste Management. This food slurry is expected to increase the production of methane in the VVWRA digesters. The agency soon hopes to use the increased methane production as energy to run its plant, becoming more efficient to keep costs down for its ratepayers.

“This is a big deal for us,” said VVWRA’s General Manager Logan Olds. “Waste Management’s record speaks for itself. They’re the leading provider of integrated environmental solutions on the continent and I’m looking forward to learning from them through this program.”

The temporary indemnification unanimously approved by VVWRA’s board of commissioners at its most recent board meeting authorizes the testing phase to begin to make sure the process works smoothly.

“We are pleased to work with Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority to test this program with the goal of enhancing gas production and creating green, renewable energy,” said Jason Rose, area vice president and general manager for Waste Management of Orange County. “Waste Management’s foodwaste recycling infrastructure allows us to take materials that were previously sent to the landfill and create an end product that has a beneficial reuse while also minimizing or even eliminating the environmental impact.”

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