CONYERS — With an agreement approved this week, yard waste collected in the city of Conyers will be converted into electric energy and compresssed natural gas.
The City Council unanimously approved Wednesday an agreement with the company, Conyers Renewable Power LLC based in Columbia, S.C., to remove yard waste from the city. According to Brad Sutton, director of the city’s Public Works and Transportation Department, the city will deliver the limbs or other vegetative materials collected in the city to Conyers Renewable Power, which will have an anaerobic digester facility. The organic materials will be converted into bio-gas that will then be converted into electricity or to compressed natural gas.
The company will be located at 1718 Old Covington Highway, near Air Products.
In addition to picking up Conyers’ yard waste, the company also plans to get food waste from local grocery stores and other industries, Sutton said.
According to the contract, Conyers Renewable Power will pay the city of Conyers a host fee of $1 per ton.
Sutton said the company estimates it will process about 100 tons per day, which would translate to between $30,000 and $40,000 a year in host fees to the city.
He said the city currently budgets $7,500 to $10,000 a year for grinding limbs at the recycling center on Sigman Road.
“Now, that cost will go away,” Sutton said.
“The company is currently going through the permitting process with the EPD (Environmental Protection Division) and a public hearing is scheduled for Nov. 7,” Sutton said.
He said Conyers Renewable Power plans to employ five people.
Earlier this year, Pratt Industries began collecting solid waste and recycling for about 3,500 households in Conyers as part of a long-term public-private partnership between the company and the city.
Pratt pays the city $4 per ton for refuse received at both the transfer station and the material recovery facility, or a minimum of $15,000 per month. Pratt also agreed to purchase the city’s sanitation equipment for a total of $444,600.
Any recoverable paper entering the transfer station is sorted and gasified to generate energy through Pratt’s clean energy program. The energy is used to fuel Pratt’s paper-making operations.