At our semiannual Community Open House, come see how YOU are a vital part of the solution in keeping our community clean and green.
When you collect your kitchen scraps, food waste, lawn trimmings and other green waste and put them in your green bin, it comes to our state-of-the-art renewable energy and recycling facility.
In 30 days, your organic waste is converted into all-natural compost and liquid soil amendment, used by local farmers and wineries to grow healthy crops. The recycling process also creates carbon-negative biogas that is turned into renewable electricity.
It all adds up to a clean, sustainable way to turn waste into valuable materials, reduce our carbon footprint, and divert waste from landfills.
In addition, it helps achieve the 75 Percent Initiative launched by California in 2011, which sets out the state’s declared goal of achieving a 75% reduction in total waste by 2020.
Did you know you can put all sorts of food waste into your green bin? Leaves, grass clippings, produce trimmings… and SO much more.
And even better and easier for you — just put your organic waste directly into your green bin. No compostable baggies needed.
If organic waste is disposed of in landfills, it can create methane gas, which is a greenhouse gas that is 25 times worse than CO2 and significantly contributes towards global warming.
When organic waste goes to our recycling facility instead, we all help by:
Organic waste accounts for more than a third of California’s waste stream. Now, thanks to the partnership and actions of key participants, the San Luis Obispo County Organics Recycling System is now operating in a sustainable way at the Kompogas SLO Recycling Center.
With $4 million awarded and administered by CalRecycle, The Kompogas SLO Facility is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities. The California Energy Commission has provided an additional $4 million for development under the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) Program.
In November 2018, our state-of-the-art, high heat, dry anaerobic digestion facility started converting organic waste into carbon-neutral biogas and high-grade natural compost.
Zurich-based Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) designed, financed, built, owns and operates the plant. HZI is a global leader in energy and material from waste solutions.