We are honored to have been joined by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, County Executive Dr. Calvin Ball and a number of statewide leaders and businesses to help cut the ribbon on our newest anaerobic digester on the Maryland Food Center campus in Jessup.
“For over six and a half years, Maryland has been setting an example for the nation of strong environmental leadership,” remarked Governor Hogan. “We set a bold goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by the year 2030, and we’ve been leading by example to achieve that goal. Today as we cut the ribbon on this new Bioenergy Devco facility at the Maryland Food Center Authority, we are taking another step forward.”
The digester’s completion represents an important part of building the capacity and infrastructure needed to successfully implement HB264/SB483, Organics Recycling and Waste Diversion — Food Residuals. Passed in last year’s legislative session, the bill will require businesses that generate two tons or more per week of excess food waste to separate and divert food residuals away from final disposal in landfills and incinerators beginning in January 2023.
Shawn Kreloff, CEO of Bioenergy Devco said “We are excited to offer a more efficient and environmentally responsible path for large scale organic recycling. We are honored to have our flagship facility here in the state where the community and its leaders understand that what’s good for the environment can also be good for business.”
In sharp contrast to landfilling and incineration, anaerobic digestion is a carbon-negative technology that does not emit pollutants. As part of the state’s ongoing efforts to counter growing waste management challenges and the resulting environmental impacts, this project represents a significant capital investment in the state’s green infrastructure.
In his remarks, Howard County Executive Ball said, “I am so delighted to join the Governor, Shawn, John Corso with Coastal Sunbelt and everyone with Bioenergy Devco’s Jessup facility, which is a great example of us working together to be the example of the intersection between the environment, business, growing our economy, and being on the road to recovery from COVID. This state-of-the-art facility will allow Howard County and our administration to address the challenges of organics and landfills and incineration, but also dramatically reduce the impact these wastes have on greenhouse gas emissions.”
We look forward to a long and successful partnership with Maryland businesses, institutions and municipalities. To schedule a tour of the facility and secure capacity for your excess organics, contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.