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State of Organic Waste in CA Press Briefing 8/12 4:30 pm State Capitol

Posted at August 11, 2014

August 12, 2014

4:30 pm

West Steps, California State Capitol

AB 1826 PASSES STATE SENATE 3:21 PM 8/11/2-14












The State of Organic Waste in California press briefing, co-hosted by Energy Vision and Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-Arcata) celebrates the passing of AB 1826 and the progress made by California state policy leaders in establishing a successful policy framework for organic waste recycling, and it recognizes private and public sector champions, showcasing that it can be cost-effective, scalable, and a critical tool and investment in increasing climate resiliency in California.

The event offers an opportunity to reaffirm our collective commitment to achieving California’s climate adaptation, environmental sustainability, and waste diversion and recycling goals. As of 3 pm Monday, August 11, 2014, AB 1826 has passed the Senate and offers a landmark opportunity to truly celebrate the efforts of many in California!

Briefing Agenda

4:30 PM – Opening Remarks, Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro, 2nd District

4:40 PM – Assemblymember Das Williams, 37th District

4:45 PM – Vice Mayor Jay Schenirer, City of Sacramento (Presenting Champion Recognition)

4:55 PM – Caroll Mortensen, Director, CalRecycle

5:00 PM – Q&A Recognized Champions, Fleet Operators, Officials Present (schedules permitting)

This event is open to the public and press.
No RSVP is necessary.

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“California consumes approximately 15 billion gallons of fuel per year, 3 billion of which is diesel. If the organic waste in California were to be recycled using commercially available biogas technology, that would yield a displacement of 82% of the 3 billion gallons of diesel, or 2.5 2 billion gallons of very low carbon fuels, enough to meet the state’s current low carbon fuel standard and generate $7.4 billion dollars in revenue.”

- Julia Levin, Bioenergy Association of California


In recognition of their valued leadership in championing organic waste diversion and recycling, and for their commitment to environmental sustainability, climate resiliency, and the health and safety of all Californians, these public and private organizations are being honored.

Atlas Disposal & Atlas ReFuel
Bioenergy Association of California
Californians Against Waste
California Environmental Protection Agency
California Public Employees’ Retirement System
California State Teacher’s Retirement System
Castro Valley Sanitary District
HP Hood
Hyatt Regency Sacramento
Mulvaney’s B&L Restaurant
Republic Services
Straw Hat Pizza, Rancho Cordova
Waste Management, Inc.



The press is encouraged to attend and talk with recognized recycling champions and representatives from the City of Sacramento and Paladin Security, who will be in attendance, sharing their renewable natural gas-fueled fleet vehicles, and regional experiences in organic waste recycling.

The RNG fueling the vehicles expected to be on hand are made from CleanWorld and Atlas ReFuel’s Sacramento BioDigester facility, a negative carbon fuel intensity, anaerobic digestion/food waste facility. For more about CleanWorld, please visit their website at For more about Atlas Refuel, please visit their website at 


This event is open to the public and press.
No RSVP is necessary.


“Returning organic materials to soils drastically reduces the environmental impacts of landfills, reduces greenhouse gases, creates jobs, and helps sustain California’s agricultural industry.”

- Californians Against Waste

Energy Vision

Energy Vision, a national environmental research and education organization focuses on research to help uncover the benefits for organic waste recycling-to-climate impact reductions. They conduct regional training and education outreach to stakeholders and policy leaders. Their recent report and guide, “TURNING WASTE INTO VEHICLE FUEL: RENEWABLE NATURAL GAS (RNG), A Step-By-Step Guide For Communities,” is an invaluable tool for guiding municipalities pursuing renewable natural gas projects made from organic waste. The “TURNING WASTE INTO VEHICLE FUEL: RENEWABLE NATURAL GAS (RNG), A Step-By-Step Guide For Communities” was supported by a Brookhaven National Laboratory subcontract from the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program.

They recently announced a new effort, “The State of Organics” project, which aims to produce and deliver a series of white papers focusing the lens of research on best-use scenarios for that organic waste tied to achieving maximum climate impact reductions. Their first paper, “State of Organic Waste in California” is due to be released in the early fall of 2014.

They had originally expected to release this paper at the time of this press event. However, with the release of the US Biogas Opportunities Roadmap August 6th, which lays forth a significant voluntarily plan to build an additional 11,000 anaerobic digesters in the US as part of the White House Climate Action Plan Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, and the introduction of Senator Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) Biogas Investment Tax Credit Act of 2014 (S. 2739) on August 5th, a move applauded by the American Biogas Council, the trade association for the U.S. biogas industry, there are significant, new resources and policy guidance to take into consideration, and Energy Vision has decided to take the time to incorporate these new insights into their white paper series. 

Sacramento is a leading region in the nation to showcase the promise of organics to RNG and its potential to deliver triple-bottom line economic and environmental impacts to communities.

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 Californians Against Waste

Californians Against Waste’s annual Birthday Bash is also on August 12th (5:30 pm at the Citizen Hotel, RSVP required). CAW has been involved in crafting nearly every major recycling policy in the State of California. Each year they honor individuals who have helped advance the cause of recycling and waste reduction through business, education, and policy leadership. This year’s honorees are Assembly member Das Williams and Senator Kevin de León. Assembly member Wes Chesbro is also being honored as the Lifetime Recycling Champion. For more information visit the CAW website.

Californians Against Waste


Bioenergy Association of California

BAC’s mission is to promote sustainable bioenergy development and associated activities in California.  Its primary activities include policy advocacy, public education and outreach, promoting research and development, and encouraging industry best practices. BAC’s membership represents the diverse industries of bioenergy in the State. It’s continued rapid expansion in membership is indicative of the growth this industry is experiencing, reflecting the tipping point for resource development and deployment in California.

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More About Organic Waste Policy in California

Organic waste represents 30% of our state’s municipal waste stream. California’s progressive organic waste management and recycling policies, along with the guiding climate impact reduction framework of AB 32, have created the infrastructure needed to dramatically reduce that percentage.

Existing policies enable us to work toward correcting the damage done by greenhouse gas emissions that escape our landfills, while also acting as an incentive to divert organics away from landfills in the first place and toward beneficial uses such as clean energy and recycled soil amendments.

The addition of new policies designed to accelerate the achievement of a “no organic waste” California, such as AB 1826 (passed August 11, 2014) and AB 1594, put the nation’s leader in environmental policy on an accelerated trajectory to reap the full benefits of organic waste diversion—including clean bioenergy and new sources of nutrient-rich soil amendments generated from organic and food waste.

“California, as befits the State’s reputation for national environmental leadership, started early in pursuing sustainable solutions to its waste challenge through legislation aimed at reducing generation of greenhouse gases, and, more and more, works to promote the beneficial uses of organics as a recognized, valuable resource.”

“State of Organic Waste in California” – Energy Vision

This event is co-hosted by CleanWorld.