National Waste & Recycling Association Award Recognizes Otay Compost Facility’s Innovative and Sustainable Approach to Organics Diversion

PHOENIX, August 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The National Waste & Recycling Association recently named Republic Services’ Otay Composting Facility the Organics Management Facility of the Year 2022, celebrating its innovative approach to organics diversion. The Otay factory, in Chula Vista, the state’s first fully solar-powered composting facility, recycling everyone’s food and yard waste. San Diego Region.

“Republic Services has long been a leader in recycling organic materials in Californiaand we are proud to be recognized by the NWRA for operating the most innovative composting facility in the state,” said Pete Keller, vice president of recycling and sustainability. “The Otay composting facility is an example of our continued investment in infrastructure and technology, helping customers reduce their environmental impact and meet their sustainability goals.”

Earlier this year, California implemented SB 1383, a law requiring the majority of homes and businesses to recycle their food and yard waste. The Otay composting facility accepts 200 tonnes per day of this material from the largest San Diego region, including Chula Vista and Carlsbad, and recycles it into nutrient-rich compost and mulch. Throughout the process, industry-leading cover technology improves operational impacts and reduces water consumption to ensure the operation is sensitive to neighbors and the environment.

The solar-powered operation uses 144 photovoltaic panels and a battery backup system to power everything from the fans and temperature sensors used in the composting process to air conditioning in the facility’s office. This advanced technology extends to control systems, which can be operated remotely from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. Since the facility operates entirely off-grid, municipal customers are able to meet their own climate action goals, support energy independence and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“We congratulate Republic Services and its Otay Composting Facility on their award,” the NWRA President and CEO said. Darrel Smith. “Thanks to innovative solutions like this, our industry continues to make great strides in expanding materials management options, resulting in better outcomes for the environment and the communities we serve.”

Republic operates 12 composting facilities in five states, recycling more than 2 billion pounds of food and yard waste in 2021. Recycling organics directly supports the company’s sustainability goal of increasing recovery and circularity key materials by 40% by 2030. Recycling was previously recognized by the NWRA, which named Republic Services the 2020 Organics Recycler of the Year.

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