Santa Barbara CA Approves $110 million Recycling Facility

Date: July 14, 2016

Source: News Room

Santa Barbara County, CA's Board of Supervisors has approved plans to build an ambitious $110.5 million multi-tiered recycling facility. The decision comes as the county is looking to save precious landfill space of which their own Tajiguas Landfill only has a remaining lifespan of 10 years. The sprawling facility will include a 73,600 ton-per-year anaerobic digestion (AD) facility, a 250,000 ton-per-year material recovery facility, a composting area and supporting facilities and infrastructure. The AD will convert organic waste into either "bio-gas," which would both drive on-site power generators for Tajiguas' use as well as be sent to the power grid, or "digestate," compost or soil amendments that can be sold for agricultural or landscaping use.

MSB Investors LLC will design, build and operate the facilities under a 12-year agreement that covers two years for construction and 10 years of operation. Estimates put the cost of the first year's operations at $13 million, offset by expected revenues of $12 million from the sale of recyclables, compost and energy.

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