Republic Services Composting Facility Named 2022 Organics Management Facility of the Year

The National Waste & Recycling Association named Republic Services’ Otay Composting Facility the 2022 Organics Management Facility of the Year, celebrating its innovative approach to organics diversion. The Otay facility in Chula Vista, Calif., is, according to Republic Services, the state’s first fully solar-powered composting facility, recycling food and yard waste from the entire San Francisco area. Diego.

“Republic Services has long been a leader in organics recycling in California, and we are proud to be recognized by the NWRA for operating the most innovative composting facility in the state,” said Pete Keller, vice- chair of recycling and sustainability. “The Otay composting facility is an example of our continued investment in infrastructure and technology, helping customers reduce their environmental impact and meet their sustainability goals.”

Earlier in 2022, California implemented SB 1383, a law requiring the majority of homes and businesses to recycle their food and yard waste. The Otay Composting Facility accepts 200 tons per day of this material from the greater San Diego area, including Chula Vista and Carlsbad, and recycles it into nutrient-rich compost and mulch products. Throughout the process, cover technology improves operational impacts and reduces water consumption to ensure the operation is sensitive to neighbors and the environment.

The solar-powered operation uses 144 photovoltaic panels and a battery backup system to power everything from the fans and temperature sensors used in the composting process to air conditioning in the facility’s office. This advanced technology extends to control systems, which can be operated remotely from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. Since the facility operates entirely off-grid, municipal customers are able to meet their own climate action goals, support energy independence and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“We congratulate Republic Services and its Otay Composting Facility on their award,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. “Thanks to innovative solutions like this, our industry continues to make great strides in expanding materials management options, resulting in better outcomes for the environment and the communities we serve.”

Republic operates 12 composting facilities in five states, recycling more than 2 billion pounds of food and yard waste in 2021. Recycling organics directly supports the company’s sustainability goal of increasing recovery and circularity key materials by 40% by 2030. Recycling was previously recognized by the NWRA, which named Republic Services the 2020 Organics Recycler of the Year.

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