Palo Alto has an incredible opportunity to convert its 60,000+ tons per year of organic waste (yard trimmings, food scraps and sewage sludge) into renewable energy and high quality compost. Doing so would save the City more than $1,000,000 per year while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 20,000 tons per year. This unique opportunity would help protect the environment while generating badly needed funds for the City.
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In 2009 Palo Alto’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Composting concluded that anaerobic digestion was the best way to handle the City’s organic waste. This technology uses enclosed vessels to break down waste into natural gas and compost. It would enable the City to retire its sewage sludge incinerator, one of only two remaining in the state.
The Location. The only feasible location for an anaerobic digestion facility is at the entrance to the City landfill next to the Wastewater Treatment Plant, not far from where we currently compost. The challenge is that the landfill is scheduled to become part of the 126-acre Byxbee Park, and rezoning it for composting would require a vote of the people.
Profitable, Sustainable Municipal Infrastructure. A wise economic investment for Palo Alto.
Energy Production and Greenhouse Gas Reductions. The project converts a waste problem into renewable energy and greenhouse gas offsets.
Maintaining Local Service. The project would maintain the current convenience of local yard trimming drop-off and compost pick-up. Without this project, Palo Altans would have to travel to Sunnyvale. Eighty percent of more than 1,000 people who responded to a survey by Palo Alto Online favored maintaining a composting facility in Palo Alto.
This campaign advocates seizing a local opportunity to build a sustainable energy facility in Palo Alto, and solve an expensive organic waste problem.
The Palo Alto Weekly measured the sentiment of Palo Alto with 80% advocating to keep it local -- ultimately over 1,000 participated!