It’s been an exciting time for Republic Services as we recently opened California’s first fully solar-powered compost facility, which will recycle food and yard waste from the San Diego region. Republic’s new Otay Compost Facility in Chula Vista will help communities meet the requirements of a new state law mandating diversion of organic waste from landfills, while operating completely off the grid.
“Republic Services has made a long-term commitment to increase the recycling and circularity of key materials like organics from the waste stream,” said Pete Keller, vice president of recycling and sustainability. “Recycling organic waste into compost is one of the many ways we’re providing sustainable solutions to our customers in the San Diego region, and we continue to invest in organics infrastructure across California.”
The Otay Compost Facility utilizes solar power to run composting operations at the site, including fans that aerate the organic material as well as oxygen and temperature sensors, and employs industry-leading compost cover technology. The facility can process 100 tons of organics per day, with plans to double capacity by the end of the year.
For a tour of the facility and to learn more, watch the video below.