Organics to Energy is a program of the Monterey Regional Waste Management District. Our program started with yard waste composting in 1990 and expanded to include source separated food scraps in 2008. In 2013, we commissioned California’s first SmartFerm dry fermentation anaerobic digester that allows the energy value of organic materials to be harvested prior to composting.

The success of the Organics to Energy compost program is attributable to the program participants: the commercial businesses that diligently separate food scraps, the haulers that collect it, and our public-private partnerships with Zero Waste Energy, Keith Day Company, and our neighboring public agency the Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency who receives the electricity produced through anaerobic digestion.

In addition to the environmental benefits of participating in Organics to Energy, state law AB 1826 is now requiring organics generators to sign up for compost service.