Governor Cuomo announces approval of clean energy food waste recycling facility on Long Island
 

March 22, 2019. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Power Authority voted to approve the first stand-alone large-scale anaerobic digester - a type of food waste recycling facility - in the New York City metropolitan area. The project, which will be operational in 2020, will produce four megawatts of clean energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions on Long Island by 85,000 metric tons a year, the equivalent to removing 18,000 cars from the road. The clean energy project directly supports Governor Cuomo's Green New Deal, a clean energy and jobs agenda that puts New York State on a path to a carbon-free economy and supports the State's goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

   "New York State continues to lead the way with clean energy initiatives and innovative solutions that benefit both our neighborhoods and our planet," Governor Cuomo said. "By implementing this groundbreaking technology on Long Island, we can not only produce clean energy and reduce greenhouse gases, but also spare our landfills and keep our communities cleaner and greener for decades to come."

   The project will create at least10 full-time jobs and help retain more than 100. The facility provides a lower cost waste disposal option for food service businesses such as supermarkets, bakeries, restaurants, commercial food processers, cafeterias, catering halls, and hotels.The Town of Brookhaven will also have the capability to divert 10,000-15,000 tons per year of food waste to the project from the more expensive disposal options currently used.

   The project, to be operated by American Organic Energy (AOE) at Long Island Compost in Yaphank, will process approximately 180,000 tons of local food waste per year. This waste would have otherwise been transported by gas and diesel-powered trucks to distant landfills, along with 30,000 tons of fats, oils and greases (FOG). Working with GE Water and Scott's Miracle-Gro, AOE will collect, separate, pre-process, break down, and transform Long Island's food waste into convertible energy, electricity, fertilizer, and nutrient-rich clean water.