Colton City Council to adopt residential organic waste program, turning compost into renewable natural gas

In a complete consensus on April 5th, Colton City Council provided direction to city staff regarding a forthcoming residential organic waste program that will turn compost into renewable natural gas.  At the meeting, a hearing was set for June 5th to adopt option A, one of the two options for organic processing presented by city staff.  Brian Dickinson, Director of Public Works, explained the attributes of option A as follows, “The increase in cost is due to the removal of any contaminants in the commingled green waste and organics. The material will then be ground to a specific size and then placed into the Anaerobic Digester for a 14-day processing period.” The processed material will then become compost and renewable natural gas, which could capture emissions of unused “waste” methane and reduce the need for conventional fuel. “With this option, organics will be delivered and processed at the Perris Anaerobic Digester. The cost will go from $26.86 per month to $32.44 per month,” continued Dickinson.  While the price of option B would only increase to $30.19 per month, it wasn’t recommended by city staff because…