CRMC Bioenergy Facility Offers Organic Waste Services
Construction is complete and operations have begun at the Crapo Hill Landfill in Dartmouth, Massachusetts on the CRMC Bioenergy Facility, an anaerobic digestion project developed by CommonWealth Resource Management Corporation (“CRMC”) in cooperation with the Greater New Bedford Regional Refuse Management District, the Landfill owner. The Bioenergy Facility will produce biogas for use as a supplemental fuel by an existing 3.3 MW landfill gas-fired electric power generating facility at the Landfill that is owned and operated by a CRMC subsidiary. That subsidiary currently purchases landfill gas from the District, and also leases the site at the Landfill on which the two projects are co-located.
In addition to producing biogas, operation of the Bioenergy Facility at the Landfill is expected to enable the District, a public entity whose members include the Town of Dartmouth and the City of New Bedford, Massachusetts, to adapt to changes in the state’s solid waste management regulations regarding food wastes and other organics. A ban on the disposal of such materials generated by commercial sources, which recently went into effect in Massachusetts, could have a long-term impact on the District’s landfilling operations and its position in the regional solid waste marketplace.
Users of the Bioenergy Facility are expected to include supermarket chains, food processors, schools, hospitals and other commercial and institutional entities that generate food wastes, as well as waste haulers that collect and transport food wastes, FOG and biosolids for disposal.
The Bioenergy Facility is the first of its kind to be sited at an operating Massachusetts Landfill, and the first developed in the state to produce biogas for use in an existing grid-connected landfill gas-to-energy facility.
The two facilities operate symbiotically in what is often referred to as a “virtuous cycle”. While biogas produced by the Bioenergy Facility helps fuel the landfill gas facility, the power produced by, and waste heat recovered from, the power plant’s generators is being used to satisfy the Bioenergy Facility electric and thermal energy requirements.
For additional information please contact:
Mr. Thomas Yeransian, Principal
CommonWealth Resource Management Corporation
Direct line: (508) 339-3074