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New Jersey Residuals Waste Provider Cooperative

Supported by a grant from the US Department of Energy New Jersey Residuals is a collaboration between waste and sewage authorities along with dairy farmers and food processors seeking to demonstrate that existing infrastructure at water and sewerage authorities can be maximized to create additional energy generation using anaerobic digestion. The project shows the potential to reduce the costs of building new digesters from the ground up by using infrastructure in place at wastewater facilities. The project will help determine the effectiveness and efficiency of creating “waste-provider cooperatives” encompassing dairy farmers and food processors as the sources of manure and waste to “feed” the digester.
Vineland, NJ is a community with a strong agricultural heritage.  New Jersey’s dairy farms are small, with anywhere from a few dozen cows to, at most 200-plus, generally not large enough to make an individual on-farm digester cost-effective for a farmer.The forward-thinking public agency is supporting this heritage through its waste management advances by creating a cooperative with the agricultural industry and various food waste generators. The wastewater facility is accepting manure from a collection of small farms that warrant off-farm use, food processors with high strength liquid organic waste, and waste haulers that service animal and vegetable based fats, oils, and greats (FOG) holding tanks and grease traps. These non-traditional wastes are mixed with sewage sludge and fed into a previously off-line anaerobic digester to increase the generation of methane gas used for energy production.
New Jersey Residuals is one municipality’s solution to two challenges we are facing globally.  Those are, the under-utilization of the resources found in organic waste and the underutilized public infrastructure that can be used to address a community’s basic needs of waste management while creating an economic resource with an approach focused on environmental quality. Dairy farms in larger states can effectively establish anaerobic digesters on individual farms because they have herds large enough to provide the necessary manure. In light of this fact, the concept for a new model emerged, one that still addresses the agricultural need (proper manure management) while also resulting in a digester large enough to create significant energy and thus capitalizing on a better economic opportunity. Wastewater facilities around the country have the equipment available and the organizational talent to bring in organic waste from the community in addition to the sewage sludge they process. This can be done as a way to meet community and environmental needs without duplicating capital investment in a wasteful way, as is being demonstrated in Landis with New Jersey Residuals.
Our goal is to forge a community positive reputation for this important public investment in environmental protection based on accomplishing multiple sustainability goals. The project is helping clean rivers and streams, recycling resources, distributing energy production, local food economy, and habitat restoration. The more we can shift the public conversation from ” the treatment plant discharges sewage effluent,” to “the treatment plant recovers resources and produces energy” then the public will be likely supportive of their local agency, particularly when financing is needed to support equipment upgrade or to achieve new environmental missions.

Leading Agencies

New Jersey DOA

New Jersey DOA

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    Mid-Atlantic Biosolids Association

    Mid-Atlantic Biosolids Association

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      Landis Sewerage Authority

      Landis Sewerage Authority

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        Project Managers

         

        The two project managers for this project are Bill Toffey and Toni Parkinson. Bill Toffey serves as a Managing Member of New Jersey Residuals. Toni Parkinson was appointed the Project Administrator.