Marina, CA

The first of its kind in the United States, the SMARTFERM® anaerobic digestion facility was built by the Monterey Regional Waste Management District (MRWMD) in conjunction with Zero Waste Energy. JRMA provided site and structural engineering plans to create the facility. Working with all teams on this project, JRMA also coordinated appropriate designs to put all of the pieces together and obtain proper permitting.

The SMARTFERM® system takes organic waste such as food scraps and yard trimmings to produce biogas and compost. To support the biological process occurring inside the units, JRMA created plans for strong foundations and underground percolate tanks. With everything in the right place and working properly, Monterey Regional Waste Management District’s SMARTFERM® produces 2,200 tons of compost per year and a sufficient amount of biogas to generate 100 kW of electricity, which is used at the nearby facility operated by the Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency. 

Project Facts
Location: Marina, CA
Completion: 2012
Site Area: 2.4 AC
Total Building Area: 3,800 SF
Processing Capacity: 5,000 TPY
Service Type: Master Planning, Architectural Design, Structural Engineering
Project Highlights

Operational Benefits

  • Pilot project in U.S. to determine feasibility of the facility.
  • Coordination with local WWTP for power supply.
  • Coordination with MRWMD for organic feedstock supply and composter for product output.
  • On-site conversion to electricity for system components. 
  • 2014 SWANA Gold - Composting System Award
  • 2014 California Resource Recovery Association's (CRRA) - Dave Hardy Leadership in Organics Facility Award

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