Allan Gerlat, News Editor

February 14, 2012

1 Min Read
Partnership Launches Organic Waste to Energy Pilot Project

A public-private partnership is launching a pilot organic waste-to-energy pilot project.

Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Spectrum BioEnergy LLC will convert wastewater sludge, food scraps, fats, oil and grease into renewable energy by using an organic waste grinder (OWG) operated by Lockport, N.Y.-based Garb-el Products Co., an organic waste management company.  

The Albany County Sewer District also is a partner, and the project is getting  financial support from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Garb-el said in a news release. The sludge from the Albany County South Wastewater Treatment Plant, along with food waste from the neighboring city of Watervliet and from Bimbo Bakeries USA, will be grinded into a fine slurry before being fed into the main digester of the biogas system. The Garb-el OWG will operate on recycled effluent from the digester, making the design of the project a completely closed loop and energy-efficient system.

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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