Vanguard Renewables opens new US organics recycling facility
The advanced organics recycling facility will de-package and process expired goods, off-spec batches, or unsafe to eat food and beverage products. The extracted food is transported to one of Vanguard Renewables’ Massachusetts Farm Powered anaerobic digesters, combined with farm waste, and converted into renewable energy.
The opening ceremony included remarks from Vanguard chairman and CEO John Hanselman, Agawam Mayor William Sapelli, MA Senator John Velis, and MA Representative Nicholas Boldyga.
“We’re excited to welcome Vanguard Renewables to our business community, and particularly appreciate that it is a green business,” said Sapelli. “Recapturing food waste that would have been sent to a landfill is such an amazing concept and we’re proud to have it here in Agawam.”
Vanguard Renewables is the largest organics recycler in the Northeast. In 2021, the firm will process nearly 500,000 tons of organic waste into renewable energy at its six farm-based anaerobic digesters; five of which are in Massachusetts.
“We’re thrilled to bring this state-of-the-art organics recycling facility to Western Massachusetts to recycle food waste that otherwise would have gone to landfill or incineration,” said Hanselman. “The reception of Agawam town officials and the local community has been exceptional and we are truly grateful.”