Harvest Power Launches Anaerobic Digestion Unit in Florida

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

March 3, 2014

1 Min Read
Harvest Power Launches Anaerobic Digestion Unit in Florida

Harvest Power has opened an anaerobic digestion facility in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., to convert organic waste into biogas and fertilizer.

The Waltham, Mass.-based Harvest Power unveiled the Central Florida Energy Garden, which when fully operational will process more than 120,000 tons of organic material annually while producing 5.4 megawatts of combined heat and power, it said in a news release.

Restaurants, hotels and food processors throughout the region now can send food scraps to the facility. Walt Disney Resort, a fellow resident in the Reed Creek Improvement District, has agreed to be the facility’s first customer.

Harvest Power also is launching a new campaign in central Florida, encouraging businesses to divert their food waste from landfills.

“As North American demand for recycling organic waste grows, this anaerobic digestion facility is a revelation for what is possible,” said Alex MacFarlane, vice president of project development for Harvest.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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