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Articles from 2020 In June


How Li-Cycle Technology Retrieves 95% of Lithium Battery Content

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Mississauga, Canada-based Li-Cycle has developed a process to retrieve more than 95 percent of the content of any lithium battery, while recovery rates have traditionally been 50 percent or below; and the technology can produce battery-grade lithium.

The process involves use of no toxic chemicals and the entire module can be shredded, a relatively inexpensive way to break it down while mitigating fire risk.

“The traditional thermal process is not tailored to efficiently recover what’s in batteries. And it has a big cost,” says Ajay Kochhar, president and CEO of Li-Cycle. 

“There is no tipping fee involved with our process and we are recovering more. Also, we don’t discharge the batteries before processing, meaning we don’t remove charges, yet we mitigate fire risk by shredding them through our proprietary process involving a nontoxic solution.  While discharging is an additional cost and involves soaking batteries in brine, which is somewhat unsafe,” he says.  

As far as environmental benefits, a third-party lifecycle analysis confirmed a 60 percent greenhouse gas emissions savings relative to recovering the same amount of material from mining.

After the material is shredded, the mechanical components are separated to include copper, aluminum and plastics. Then comes the wet chemistry process to separate materials such as nickel, cobalt and lithium. 

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“Through our process, we basically are remaking the fundamental building blocks of the battery that can go into new batteries. And we are transforming lithium batteries away from a liability into an asset. We focus on making our business case work based on what’s in the battery when before the focus with end-of-life batteries was on disposing of them,” says Kochar.

He refers to Li-Cycle’s system as a hub and spokes model, with “hub” being the chemical processing facility that will be a large, centralized location for economy of scale.  The “spokes” facilities, where the batteries are shredded, will be small, regionalized locations. 

The first U.S. plant, which will be a spokes operation in Rochester, N.Y., will have input capacity of 5,000 tons per year of lithium ion batteries and is slated to launch in the fall of 2020, pending no restrictions related to the coronavirus.

“We selected the Rochester location because it’s where the Eastman Kodak Park is. After a decline in camera film they have allowed other companies to reuse their existing infrastructure they built over many years. So there are facilities tailored to do chemical processing, a good labor pool, a good logistics connection, and it’s relatively close to our Canadian headquarters,” says Kunal Phalpher, chief commercial officer of Li-Cycle.

The first shipment, which has gone out to its existing Canadian facility, came from a processor of nickel and cobalt whose methods are not designed to manage lithium ion battery material.  

Materials come from end-of-life cars or scrap from auto manufacturing. Now Li-Cycle is starting to target commercial and heavy-duty electric vehicles and also intends to collect from and process for e-waste consolidators and for the energy storage sector. 

The plan is to sell recovered materials to companies who will process them and then send them out to be further broken down and refined to cobalt and nickel for use in batteries. 

Li-Cycle is now focused on the qualification process to be sure materials will work in batteries or other applications. For example, lithium carbonate can be used in certain glass types but some metals like cobalt or nickel can cause discoloration in glass so staff are working on a way to remove elements that may cause discoloration. 

GreenCentre Canada, a nonprofit based in Kingston, Ont. accelerates development of sustainable chemistry and material technology. 

It did initial testing for Li-Cycle, focused on optimizing separation, purification and recovery of materials and water recycling and reuse.  

“Initially we validated the process and worked to increase efficiency to recover more at a higher purity and with less water use. They have an economically viable process to recover materials, and they are continuing to scale in Rochester and Ontario.   As they continue to grow, they are targeting 100 percent recovery of the value of lithium ion batteries, and I think they will approach this goal,” says Brian Mariampillai, director of Business Development for GreenCentre. “I think multi-thousand-ton plants are in their future,” he says.

LINCit is a nonprofit in Mississauga, Ont. that helps clean tech companies scale up. 

LINCit’s Rick Findlay consulted with Li-Cycle independent of his company.

“Ajay and [Li-Cycle Founder] Tim Johnston had a plan to phase the  technology to build to commercial level. It gave me confidence … To meet 80 to 100 percent of recovery of metals and battery materials was very exciting. When thinking of where lithium ion and electrification is going in the world, it’s important to have the ability to recover material and recycle back into batteries or other usable products. The U.S., Asian and European governments are focused on energy metals. The batteries and the whole energy electrification field is an exciting place to be now,” says Findlay.

Li-Cycle’s plan as of now is to build another spoke plant in the Southwest region of the U.S. in 2021.The company has also committed to creating a minimum of 23 jobs in its first year of operation. 

Need to Know

Fashion Designed from Trash

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The 11th annual Trash the Runway – Recycled Couture fashion show will feature creative designs from students from Common Threads Creative Lab’s guided independent study program. The fashion show is a platform for ambitious designers to craft eye-catching creations.

Originally the fashion show was to be held in-person this winter. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will take place digitally on Tuesday, June 30.

“The designers are required to find their materials in the trash,” Tanja Leonard, executive director of Trash the Runway said. “They may not use anything that can go in the recycling or composting bin in the City of Boulder. The materials need to be no longer useable for its original purpose.”

Read the original story here.

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City of Boulder and Western Disposal to Cut Transportation-Related Emissions

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The City of Boulder is partnering with Western Disposal for the sale of renewable natural gas (RNG) generated at the city’s Water Resources Recovery Facility (WRRF). 

The RNG, which will be produced from biogas, which is derived from the breakdown of organic matter in sewage, will fuel up to 38 of the 56 commercial vehicles Western Disposal uses to serve Boulder and Broomfield Counties. Converting to RNG is expected to reduce county-wide carbon emissions by the equivalent of 265,000 gallons of diesel fuel per year. 

“Reducing emissions from the transportation sector is one of the key priorities in our local climate efforts, and the City of Boulder is working more closely than ever with business leaders to pursue the many diverse approaches for reducing emissions,” said Jonathan Koehn, chief sustainability and resilience officer at the City of Boulder. “The transition to renewable energy is taking many forms, and utilizing the renewable natural gas created locally will decrease our reliance on fossil fuels and provide important clean air benefits.”energy

The city anticipates construction of the new system to be completed in July 2020. 

Learn more about the city’s Water Resource Recovery Facility here.

 

Need to Know

Modern Disposal Closes Sunday on Republic Services Deal

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LEWISTON, NY (June 29, 2020) – Modern Disposal Services, a family-owned company founded here in 1964, closed Sunday on its acquisition of the Western New York operations of Phoenix-based Republic Services, an industry leader in U.S. recycling and non-hazardous waste disposal.

The transaction was announced on March 18, and terms were not disclosed. Modern is headquartered on Model City Road in Lewiston, Niagara County, and Republic’s local operation is based at 2321 Kenmore Ave., Town of Tonawanda.

Modern’s acquisition includes Republic’s local hauling and recycling operations in Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Wyoming, Chautauqua, and Orleans counties. That includes all trucks, maintenance facilities and equipment, containers, sorting machines and buildings. 

The transaction does not include a landfill visible from the 190 Expressway off Porter Road in the Town of Niagara, or a closed facility on Indian Road in Depew, for which Republic retains ownership. 

Republic had about 3,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers and nearly 100 employees in Western New York. Many of those employees were hired at Modern as it expands to handle a larger customer base.

 “This took a lot of hard work by both teams, and I want to thank everyone who was involved the last few months, under challenging circumstances, to close this acquisition,” said Modern CEO Michael P. McInerney. “This is a boost to Western New York’s economy at a key time. That means growth in our company, continued security and service for all the customers involved, salary retention for hundreds of workers, and the continued investment in our community through the related taxes and fees paid to municipalities, many of which are hurting from COVID-19.”

Prior to the acquisition, Modern had more than 600 employees in Western New York and Southern Ontario and some 350 trucks.

Modern is a leading local recycler of mixed residential materials and handles collection and recycling for municipal waste. With facilities in Model City, Blasdell and on Elk Street in Buffalo, along with operations in Niagara Falls and Smithville, ON, the company has more than 10,000 commercial customers and 250,000 residential customers.

“I want to reiterate my message to our employees, ongoing and new, and to all Modern and Republic customers, that the seamless continuity process begun in March will continue. Our commitments are to safety, sustainability, and as an employer of choice in the industry,” McInerney said. “Modern is a growing innovator, a local company with our region’s best interests in mind.”  

Media contact:
Michael P. McInerney, CEO
Modern Disposal Services, Inc.

mmcinnerney@modern-corp.com
716.754.8226

More About Modern Corp.

In 1964, Steve Washuta incorporated Modern Disposal Services as a way to expand his seasonal paving company into a business that could provide a steady source of income for his family. As the region’s industrial base grew, Mr. Washuta’s dedication and strong work ethic helped his new business develop from a humble two-truck operation in Western New York into the 20th largest waste removal company in the United States. Today, Modern is still a privately owned waste removal company. We employ over 600 people in Western New York, as well as Southern Ontario. Modern is committed to the most innovative and responsible methods of materials management and recycling. It’s simple – we accept nothing less. We further our commitment by providing exceptional customer service and giving back to the communities we serve. Modern received the 2017 Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation Award from The Association of Fundraising Professionals Western New York Chapter. We’re all in this together–to sustain, recycle and reuse the planet’s limited resources. 

Need to Know

Governor Newsom Authorizes Roadmap for Return to Reusable Bags

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Sacramento – On behalf of Californians Against Waste, Executive Director Mark Murray has issued the following statement following today’s expiration of Governor Newsom’s Executive Order to temporarily suspend California’s bag ban:

“We are grateful that Governor Newsom has allowed the temporary suspension of California’s ban on single use plastic bags to expire this week.

We understand that, out of an abundance of caution, in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, some retailers and even some county public health officers chose to temporarily discourage consumers from bringing their own reusable bags into stores.

Along with many other changes in the way consumers conduct business, consumers will be obligated to bag their own groceries and ensure that store employees or other customers do not come in contact with their reusable bags.

We are appreciative that public health officials, including those at CALOSHA, and the public health officers in Alameda, Contra Costa, Mendocino, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Clara Counties have made it explicit in their orders and guidance that consumers are authorized to bring their reusable bags to retail stores, but must prevent those bags from coming in contact with store employees, other customers, and the checkstand. Health officials agree that when consumers bag their own groceries in their own reusable bags there is no risk to public health.

The discontinued use of reusable bags at many California retailers has resulted in a severe shortage of recycled paper bags and the temporary return of single-use plastic bags by some retailers. It’s projected that as many as 1 billion single-use plastic bags were distributed in California in April and May alone, costing consumers more than $20 million in higher grocery costs.

The quick return to the practice of bringing reusable bags will reduce an unnecessary source of plastic pollution, reduce grocery costs for stores and consumers, and relieve the shortage of recycled paper bags.”

Contact:
Mark Murray
Californians Against Waste
916-995-8655

https://www.cawrecycles.org/

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Undressing the Current State & Future of Textile Recycling in the U.S.

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Today, Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) releases its white paper on “Textile Recovery in the U.S.: A Roadmap to Circularity,” which highlights the current state of textile waste in the U.S. and outlines “a future-state system in which textiles are recovered for best and highest use.” 

In the preface, CEO Jim Frey notes that, “As one of the fastest growing waste streams, used textiles are a largely untapped resource. Recovering these fabrics and fibers as inputs to a variety of closed loop and cascading end uses presents the opportunity to develop more sustainable and resilient supply chains. The time is ripe for action throughout the industry value chain to transform textile manufacturing, use, and recovery into a truly sustainable and resilient system.

Marisa Adler, Senior Consultant at RRS and lead author of the white paper, told Waste360 that, “The goal is to bring people to a common understanding and conversation” around the topic of textile waste and recovery; to “create a baseline level of understanding and recognition of the need for scalable systems solutions.” And, “What’s really exciting is that there’s a lot of buzz around this now, and people are finally giving attention to the problem of textile waste.”

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In order to ensure that the white paper “depicted the current state of reality accurately and soundly,” per Adler, it was reviewed by industry leaders including representatives from Worn Again Technologies, Ralph Lauren, IKEA Retail US, Circular Systems, Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles (SMART) Association, Closed Loop Partners, Tyton BioSciences, and the Sustainable Furnishings Council. This input was sought in order to make sure the correct gaps and details were being captured, and that the solution concepts made sense to industry stakeholders. 

The white paper lays out the current state and growth of textiles in the U.S. waste steam; explores the role of fast fashion; looks at the textile-waste stream by material type and fiber composition; details the elements of a sustainable recovery system; and offers a way forward to a new U.S. textile recovery system. 

RRS observes that the growth of textile waste in the United States is “outpacing the growth of every other major category of waste” (as shown in the graph below). Between 2000 and 2017, textile waste increased 54 percent per person, on a per capita basis, while overall waste generation decreased by five percent. Thus, “solving for textile waste in the United States can have a measurable global impact on the upstream investment of human and natural capital like oil, cotton, energy, water, and chemicals used to make textile products.” 

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Adler recognizes the need for “very practical solutions on how we can fill the gaps in information and infrastructure.” One example she mentions is that, though the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tracks how much textile waste is generated year over year, “there is no current data that tell us the fiber composition and frequency and volume of blend within that waste stream. And that’s the information we need to know in order for textile recyclers to develop, build, and scale their facilities.” So, the white paper “lays out that we need to conduct waste characterization studies of the commercial and the residential waste streams, both post-industrial, pre-consumer, and post-consumer—to create those foundational data sets that can then be used to build the rest of the system.”

On the infrastructure side, Adler says that, “Just like we have material recovery facilities (MRFs) for traditional curbside recyclables, we need something similar to that for textiles, with sorting capabilities.” The white paper “proposes the concept of a textile MRF, which starts with reuse. It would sort for quality first and then by fiber type and other emerging identification technologies.” 

RRS asserts that a sustainable recovery system must have a strong foundation across six key elements (as summarized in the graphic below): 

  1. Collection
  2. Processing
  3. end markets
  4. education & engagement
  5. supportive policies
  6. collaborative partnerships. 

The white paper digs into each of these areas with relevant data and recommendations. 

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Elaborating on the issue of policy, Adler observes that, “The fashion industry doesn’t traditionally have big budgets for research and development—so it’s hard for them to invest in testing and piloting and scaling recovery systems ideas, but if there were a policy that helped level the playing field and leveraged collective investment, that could be really helpful.”

The white paper serves as a call to action for collaboration “across the textile and apparel value chain to address consumption and waste generation, reduce impact on the environment, and develop more sustainable models to manage this rapidly growing waste stream.” And it concludes that, “Progress toward an ideal future state starts with establishing foundational elements and developing sustainable solutions step by step.”

Adler says the ideas laid out in the white paper are “ambitious but absolutely doable and critical.” She also observes that, “There is a lot of room for traditional haulers to engage in the space. There is so much textile waste available for collection and recycle and reuse. Right now we are just throwing away textiles that are feedstock for supply chains.”

Download the full white paper here

Sustainability Talks

Amazon is Committed to Sustainability

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With a focus on sustainability, Amazon has pledged $2 billion to companies developing clean energy technology through its Climate Pledge Fund. 

The Fund is part of Amazon’s Climate Pledge, which aims to eliminate the company’s net carbon emissions by 2040. The Fund will invest in a multitude of industries, including transportation and logistics; energy generation, storage, and utilization; manufacturing and materials; circular economy; and food and agriculture.

Additionally, Amazon is planning to use electric vehicles for deliveries in 2021 and it intends for its facilities to run on 100 percent renewable energy by 2025.

Read the original story here.

Episode 65: Ocean Plastic Solutions from Cities, Brands & Waste Collectors

In our latest episode of NothingWasted!we chat with Susan Ruffo, executive director of The Circulate Initiative, which aims to incubate, measure, and amplify inclusive solutions that stop plastic waste from flowing into the ocean. 

It provides entrepreneurs, policymakers, and investors with the knowledge and skills they need to incentivize, create, support and operate waste-reducing circular economies.

We spoke with Susan about the circular economy, the effects of COVID-19 on the plastics problem, innovation abroad, and more!

Here’s a glimpse into what we discussed:

Waste360: Can you talk about the Urban Ocean program and how your group is working with cities to improve their waste management practices?

Ruffo: Urban Ocean is a new program that The Circulate Initiative, Ocean Conservancy, and the Global Resilient Cities Network has just launched with five cities primarily in South- and Southeast Asia but also in Latin America. Our goal is to get all of our partners working together on the issue of ocean plastics but also on related issues touching on waste management, circularity, public health, and other sustainability and economic issues. Our theory is that none of us can do any of these things alone, but we can advance all of our priorities if we’re working together.

Waste360: How key are cities in addressing the marine plastic waste problem?

Ruffo: To me they’re absolutely key. I take inspiration from the leadership cities have shown on the climate issue. If you look at cities around the world and see what they are doing on reducing emissions, changing transportation, changing buildings, and really leading the discussion on what can be done on climate… I think cities can do the same on ocean plastics. They have a lot of the authority to do what needs to be done in thinking about waste management and recycling; they also have direct access to their citizens and can do public awareness campaigns and education; and they can pass regulations and incentives that really can help move things forward. So I think they’re an absolutely key actor that hasn’t been engaged as much as they should be on the ocean plastic issue—so we’re trying to change that.

Waste360: You have said that part of the problem is that ocean waste is not a priority concern for developing nations. How do we make it more of a priority for these governments?

Ruffo: It’s just a hard issue to put at the top of the agenda when these governments are dealing with things like poverty, feeding people, public health. But the key is that it’s not a standalone issue. Ocean plastic is not just about the ocean—and as soon as we start thinking of it in that way, it becomes much more interesting to city governments. I wouldn’t expect any mayor to tell me that his or her top priority was keeping plastic out of the ocean. But I’d be really surprised if a mayor said they weren’t interested in public sanitation, picking up trash, the jobs they could create, safety and dignified work. So when you start thinking of it as a broader issue, it comes much higher up on a priority list. 

Waste360: Can you give us an overview of your panel at the recent Virtual Ocean Dialogues hosted by the World Economic Forum and Friends of Ocean Action?

Ruffo: We had a great panel bringing together representatives from around the world and across sectors. For me the most interesting thing was how the panelists talked about how they can start working with each other. For instance, there was a whole discussion about how city policies could recognize workers in the informal sector and help them be more efficient while also improving their livelihood.

Read transcript here.

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SoCalGas’ Peress Plans for the 21st Century

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Jonathan Peress has come on board as SoCalGas’ senior director of Regulatory Affairs, responsible for managing regulatory matters with California’s various state agencies, including the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission. He’s got a lot of work ahead of him as he advances decarbonization of the state’s gas system, with possible options ranging from fuel cell technology for clean back-up power generation to green hydrogen as a zero-emission fuel source.

“Last year we unveiled a plan for a 21st century energy system that focuses on affordable solutions to achieving the state’s climate goals,” says Maryam Brown, president of SoCalGas.  “[Now] we take the next step towards delivering on that plan by adding Jonathan to our team. He will play an instrumental role in helping SoCalGas achieve its vision to be the cleanest gas utility in North America.” 

Waste360 sat with Peress for more details on those 21st century plans and to learn what the utilities’ top priorities will be as he guides it in its work to decarbonize its gas system.

Waste360: What are your core functions in your new role as SoCalGas’ senior director of Regulatory Affairs?

Jonathan Peress: I work with a team of professionals who represent SoCalGas before regulators, particularly the California Utilities Commission (CPUC), on a variety of proceedings. Among areas that I will focus on are proceedings that address decarbonization and actions that SoCalGas will take to advance and achieve the state’s climate goals.

Waste360: I understand your last job was as senior director, Energy Markets and Utility Regulation for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). What was your role, and how does it fit in with what you are doing now? 

The EDF team I managed focused on structuring markets and market policy so energy companies and utilities—

including pipeline operators, gas distribution utilities and electric utilities—were incentivized to advance the goals of state climate laws and achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions. SoCalGas’ goal is to be the cleanest gas utility in the country. Thus, the goals from my past and present jobs are aligned.  

At EDF we understood that to achieve climate goals it is important to provide market participants with incentives to invest in approaches that reduce emissions. And we understood the critical role of capital markets, shareholders and investors, who must be willing to channel capital for infrastructure and approaches to reduce emissions. Based on my experience I know that achieving climate policy goals requires a big tent approach where all prospective tools including electrification, renewable natural gas (RNG), negative emissions technologies and fuels need to be pursued and advanced. I think I bring breadth of experience in working with sister utilities and market participants like SoCalGas. And I will rely on that experience in dealing with folks outside of SoCalGas in my current role.

Waste360: What drew you to this new opportunity?

Jonathan Peress: I would only work for a company that is proactive and thoughtful in achieving these climate emissions reduction goals, and SoCalGas is at the leading edge of utilities focused on achieving emission reduction and doing things like adding hydrogen to its feedstock and advancing RNG. So I am able, and happy, to use my experience with great colleagues at EDF to continue to advance SoCalGas’ leading-edge plans and efforts. 

Waste360: What do you believe are the greatest priorities, and the most important focus, for the utility as it works to decarbonize its gas system? 

Jonathan Peress: First, regulatory policies must provide incentives and an operational environment for utilities to pursue and develop new and innovative approaches to advance climate goals. I emphasize, again, that this compels a big tent approach around all prospective tools, including pursuing RNG, decarbonized fuels, and negative emissions technologies. And to achieve these goals, policies must facilitate investment from capital markets and shareholders. 

Strategies that seek to pick winners and losers before we have answers will diminish the willingness of investors and companies to risk capital to achieve reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. For example, those who are pushing to electrify everything and overlook the role of natural gas infrastructure and RNG as part of the solution are missing important tools that will help achieve climate goals more quickly and cost effectively.

Waste360: How will you address the issues around decarbonizing the gas system?

Jonathan Peress: It is important to recognize that the SoCalGas system and natural gas has been, and is currently, a powerful and critical facilitator of emissions reductions, particularly as a provider of flexibility in the integrated energy system.  

As the electric system employs more renewables there will be an even greater need for different resources to ensure reliability can be maintained when the sun is not shining, and the wind is not blowing. California depends on quick responsiveness and the capabilities of the gas grid to dispatch energy to power plants so they can ramp up and down quickly to maintain a balanced energy system. SoCalGas’ role is becoming more valuable and being required increasingly to provide variable and flexible gas to the electric grid, with little or no notice. The trend of needing just in time fuel delivery for electric reliability is becoming more pronounced as more renewable power comes to market. So, it’s important for stakeholders to recognize both short- and long-term needs for the gas delivery system to achieve climate goals. I will seek to address the issues by making sure all stakeholders are aware that the gas system is key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Waste360: What work has already occurred that you will pick up on and take further? 

Jonathan Peress: We are pursuing goals of 5 percent RNG by 2022 and 20 percent by 2030. We are in the midst of projects to meet those goals and advance other goals, such as including hydrogen in our feedstock. 

California has taken a leading role to develop infrastructure for decarbonizing fuel; with hydrogen as one example and renewable natural gas for transportation and some industrial applications as other examples. We are exploring all these options, so there is a lot of work SoCalGas is presently engaged in that I can contribute to and help advance

Others are engaging in similar work. For instance, the RNG procurement law in Oregon sets procurement targets and enables utilities to acquire and use RNG. We have examples of similar legislation pending that provides incentive, structure, and opportunities to reduce emissions from organic waste and convert waste into gas to inject in the system. But I think more can be done. And I will continue to work with SoCalGas to advance in these areas. There’s been a good starting point from a policy standpoint, but to achieve climate goals those policies need to continue to develop, improve and be adopted.

Waste360: What will be your approach as you continue to advance climate change goals and further push for decarbonization?

Jonathan Peress: Much more can be done but only if we work collectively across all stakeholders. I will work to advance policies that encourage numerous approaches to achieve climate goals, because there are no simple or linear solutions. I’m a collaborator and will seek to collaborate with stakeholders across the entire landscape. I think that fits with SoCalGas’ corporate and organizational approach–to prioritize partnering with multiple stakeholders.

Waste360: Who will you be working with and in what way?

Jonathan Peress: My SoCalGas colleagues and I will work collaboratively with each other and with market participants in both the gas and the electric sectors—as well as with our customers and other stakeholders like consumer advocates, environmental and public health advocates, and of course capital investors and technology developers. 

Waste360: What new work will you tackle first, and why is this among your most immediate priorities?

Jonathan Peress: We are focusing on efforts underway at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to explore and plan for the future of the gas system.  A priority we will pursue is to educate regulators and stakeholders about the contribution our system is making to achieve climate  goals and the contributions we will continue making into the future, because our system is the primary facilitator of flexibility as far as getting renewables to the grid.

Waste360: Why is SoCalGas pushing for statewide adoption of renewable natural gas and what does CPUC need to hear around this?

Jonathan Peress: For natural gas to play a critical role now and into the future in providing a pathway to achieve reductions there must be a focus on decarbonizing fuel. And all meaningful and credible decarbonization analyses conclude that dispatchable power generation is needed now and for the intermediate future, which will require fuel. It’s important to not just focus on deploying more renewable electric resources but also to maintain the ability of the gas grid to provide flexibility services while reducing carbon content of the gas. I think it’s important to look at policies and actions underway in Europe and Asia where gas distribution systems are viewed as part of the long-term pathway to achieve climate goals and ultimately get to net zero emissions.

Need to Know

Niagara Region to Halve Trash Pickup Frequency in the Fall

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Residents in the Niagara Falls region will be inundated with the catchphrase “Box It, Bin It, Sort It” over the next four months as the area gears up to switch to biweekly curbside trash collection in mid-October.

The campaign to promote the new trash collection system includes direct-mail postcards, social media, digital advertising, rolling ads on collection trucks, videos, public service announcements, and educational material for schools.

While trash collection will switch to every other week, pickups of recyclable material and organics will remain on a weekly schedule in the Niagara region.

The biweekly trash collection schedule is part of a new seven-year contract with GFL Environmental Inc. and Miller Waste Systems, which are replacing the current trash collection company, Emterra Environmental.

Read the original article here.