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Making organizational changes comes down to finances. Here is an example of the ROI your organization can expect from using Zero Waste Energy technology solutions.

Sample Company Profile: 25,000 TPY AD to CNG

  • Organic Material Collected per Year – 25,000 tons SSO (80% food/20% Other)
  • Current Market Landfill Rate/Tip Fees – $45/ton + $10 Transportation
  • Market rate for CNG is $2.50/DGE currently supplied by 3rd Party
  • Digestate costs after processing (Compostable Material) T&D is $10/ton
  • Each truck uses approximately 10,000 gallons per year of fuel
  • Each Ton of Organics produces approximately 12 DGE annually
  • 298,981 DGE/Year will fuel approximately 30 trucks annually (10,000 gallons/year/truck)
  • 20,000 tpy of Food Waste produces 5,897.01 Emission reduction for Carbon Credits
  • Each Ton of Organics produces approximately 20 RINs or 502,831 RINs/Year
  • Each RIN is valued at $0.80 or $1.35/DGE
  • Each LCFS Credit is worth approximately $.54 per DGE produced


Sample company currently spends $55/ton for the transportation and disposal of the organic fraction at 3rd party landfill. In addition, they spend approximately $750,000 per year on CNG for 30 routes. By installing a 25,000 TPY SMARTFERM® , they would realize an additional $1.3M in pre-tax cash available to equity due to tip fee avoidance as well as creating their own CNG as a result. Not part of this calculation would be the cost of separating the organic fraction, either through creating source separated routes or installing mechanical separation equipment.

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