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Bioenergy DevCo opens new food waste AD plant

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Bioenergy DevCo has opened a new anaerobic digestion (AD) facility in Maryland, US.

Governor Larry Hogan participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new plant, located on the Maryland Food Center campus in Jessup. On completion, the site will be Maryland’s largest AD facility.

Bioenergy DevCo’s new AD plant is a public-private partnership that started with a land lease between the parties, key regulatory support from the Maryland Department of the Environment, and the approval of the Board of Public Works in February 2018. The Maryland Energy Administration granted more than $460,000 (€389,000) to help launch the project.

The site is expected to process 125,000 tons of food waste annually and produce enough energy to power 4,800 homes. In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating renewable energy, it will also improve Maryland’s recycling processes and create up to 50 new jobs.

“Maryland and the nation face significant challenges when it comes to excess food scraps and discarded organic waste,” said Governor Hogan.

“We can and we must do better and that’s why facilities like this one are so exciting. It is a shining example of Maryland’s innovative approach to addressing the challenges associated with our solid waste stream.”