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Escondido AD Facility is first in County

The first Anaerobic Digestion (AD) facility in San Diego County has opened in Escondido and as of February 1 was able to receive residential green waste.

On November 28, 2018, the city’s Recycling and Waste Reduction Division first presented the Organics Recycling Program information to the Escondido City Council.

In addition to outlining state mandates requiring organics recycling, it included plans from the City’s franchised waste hauler, Escondido Disposal (EDI), to build an Anaerobic Digestion (AD) facility in Escondido. While construction is not complete, the two green tubes are prepared to receive residential green waste beginning February 1, 2021.

Organic waste is a renewable natural resource. It mainly comes from yard and kitchen waste from homes, and food waste and scraps from industrial and commercial operations.

Mandatory recycling of organic waste is the next step to achieving California’s Zero Waste goals. EDI is constructing the first state-of-the-art, advanced technology Anaerobic Digestion (AD) facility in San Diego County, capable of producing renewable natural gas that will serve the needs of the region. 

Anaerobic digestion is an efficient and environmentally sustainable technology that can make a significant contribution to the management of organic waste in California. 

EDI’s Anaerobic Digestion Facility

AD is the natural process in which microorganisms break down organic materials such as food waste, green waste, fats, oils and greases. Anaerobic digestion happens in closed spaces where there is no oxygen.

Recycling organics will be easy and convenient with EDI’s commingled organics recycling program. Once EDI’s AD Facility is complete, EDI will expand source-separated green waste collection to include the recycling of food waste. The service will allow customers to place food scraps in the same container as green waste. EDI’s AD Facility will help Escondido achieve State mandates, including AB 1826, AB 1594, and SB 1383, which are directly related to organic recycling in the State of California.

If you live in Escondido, you can now put food waste in the green cart with your yard waste. To learn more about the state-of-the-art facility or how to dispose of food waste, visit the EDI website:

2 responses to “Escondido AD Facility is first in County”

  1. Michelle Warn, Ph.D. says:

    Great News! Thanks!!!

  2. Jon says:

    Great Program!

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