Turning Earth has partnered with Aikan A/S to bring the first integrated dry fermentation high solids anaerobic digestion and in-vessel composting facility to the Northeast where it will it recycle municipal and commercial food waste to create renewable energy, compost and sustainable local agriculture.
In June 2014, Turning Earth received permission from the Town of Southington to build a new, $25 million state-of-the-art organics recycling facility on approximately 37 acres at 111 Spring Street, just north of Exit 32 on I-84.
On January 19, 2016, Turning Earth received its New Source Review Permit to Construct and Operate a Stationary Source from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Air Management.
On February 21, 2017, Turning Earth received its Permit to Construct and Operate a Volume Reduction Plant for Composting and Anaerobic Digestion of Source Separated Organic Materials from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
Turning Earth’s proposed Central Connecticut organics recycling facility, slated to open in mid-2020, will convert 54,000 tons per year of source separated organics and 25,000 tons per year of leaf, woody and yard waste into a number of valuable resources including:
- 1.4 megawatts/ 11,000,000 kWh renewable electricity – enough to power nearly 1,000 homes
- 40,000 cubic yards of rich, fertile compost – just a 5% increase in organic matter quadruples soil’s ability to hold water.
- Healthy, locally grown food – 1.5 million heads of lettuce from a single acre of greenhouse
- Carbon dioxide reduction – 47,000 metric tons of CO2 per year, equivalent to avoiding 4.3 million gallons of gasoline
- High quality local jobs at the facility, both during construction and throughout the Turning Earth Central Connecticut value chain
- Advancement of 8 of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals through a single facility
Turning Earth’s Central Connecticut Facility will help the state, commercial generators of organic waste and the surrounding local communities achieve Connecticut’s important policy goals of:
- Higher recycling rates set forth in Connecticut’s Solid Waste Management Plan
- Mitigating green house gas emissions and climate change
- Increasing local renewable energy capacity
- Providing lower-cost, higher-value disposal options to businesses and residents
- Revitalizing local economies
By providing a recycling option for organics directed to diversion under Connecticut Public Act No. 11-217, Turning Earth will help get valuable resources out of the waste stream and into local commerce to be made into valuable products like clean energy and compost.
Bringing new sources of tax revenue, permanent high quality jobs, community education programs on environment, sustainability, energy and agriculture and assisting the state and Town of Southington meet sustainability objectives, Turning Earth Central Connecticut looks forward to being a productive, valued and long term member of the Central Connecticut community.
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