Escondido Disposal AD Facility

Escondido, CA

Beginning in 1991, JRMA has provided design services for five major additions to the facility: 1) single stream MRF  and new vehicle maintenance building; 2) transfer station expansion, HHW facility, and addition of separate self-haul area; 3) new corporate yard, including relocation and expansion of vehicle maintenance building; 4) mixed-waste MRF and new administrative building; and 5) anaerobic digestion (AD) facility, including receiving and pre-processing for green waste and food waste plus new employee facility with visitor center.

The AD project includes converting an existing MRF building into a dedicated AD receiving and processing area. JRMA was selected by EDI to perform design services for all balance-of-plant work, including process integration, building modifications, foundations, and support equipment necessary for two anaerobic digesters and gas-upgrading equipment. The initial two digesters will be capable of processing up to 93,000 tons per year (TPY), and that throughput will be doubled upon the installation of two more digesters in a later phase.

The proposed AD system and related equipment and systems provided by Hitachi Zosen Inova USA, LLC are designed to process source separated organics (SSO) and green waste to create environmentally friendly biogas. The gas upgrading equipment converts the biogas to renewable natural gas (RNG) suitable for pipeline injection and use as CNG vehicle fuel. This will enable EDI to inject the RNG into the local San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) gas transmission pipeline.

In addition to the overall system, the City of Escondido requested that the developed AD area be screened from public view. This required the architectural design of a 30’ tall screen wall that mimics a commercial building.

Project Facts
Location: Escondido, CA
Completion: In Construction
Site Area: 81,156 AC
Total Building Area: 40,335 SF
Permitted Tonnage: 8,743 TPD
Service Type: Master Plan, Architectural Design, Process Integration, Balance-of-Plant Design, Structural Engineering
Project Highlights

Operational Benefits

  • Diversion of 93,000 tons per year of organics from landfill disposal and resulting greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Conversion of biogas to renewable natural gas (RNG) which is injected into San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) gas transmission pipeline.
  • Helps local jurisdictions meet State of California waste reduction goals and SB 1383 regulations

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