Located in Rialto, California, about 50 miles east of Los Angeles, the Rialto Bioenergy Facility is one of the largest diverted organic waste landfill and renewable natural gas facility in North America. This facility is the first of several facilities Anaergia is constructing and developing across California to service the organic waste landfill diversion and renewable natural gas procurement needs of municipalities under Senate Bill 1383. The facility began injecting pipeline-quality renewable natural gas in January 2021 through a new one-mile pipeline that connects the facility to an existing SoCalGas® pipeline.
The Rialto Bioenergy Facility is designed to provide the Southern California region with a local solution for the diversion of up to 300,000 tons per year of organic waste diverted from local landfills and biosolids from municipal wastewater treatment plants. Using Anaergia’s advanced anaerobic digestion technology and proprietary systems to extract energy from the organic material, this facility is designed to produce up to 985,000 MMBTU of renewable natural gas each year. Creating this carbon-negative fuel from waste should reduce landfilling and decrease greenhouse gas emissions by up to 220,000 metric tons per year—an amount equal to removing 47,500 passenger cars from the road.
Senate Bill 1383
Senate Bill 1383 was signed into law by Governor Brown in September 2016. This bill is a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) that requires organic waste collection and recycling services to divert 75 percent of the state’s organic waste from landfills by 2025.