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Phoenix's 27-acre Compost Facility Set to Increase Waste Diversion RatePhoenix's 27-acre Compost Facility Set to Increase Waste Diversion Rate<div class="ExternalClassA455214E2CBF4602AAEB637BE33D20E2"><p></p><div style="text-align:left;"></div><div style="text-align:left;">Mayor Greg Stanton and Councilwoman Thelda Williams, along with other city of Phoenix officials and staff, <br></div><div style="text-align:left;">celebrated the opening of the city's 27th Avenue Compost Facility, a 27-acre facility that currently can process up to </div><div style="text-align:left;">55,000 tons of compostable materials annually from Phoenix residents and businesses. The new facility has the capacity to process up to 110,000 tons of compostable materials as the need arises. This amount of diverted materials equates to an estimated 11 percent reduction of waste sent to the landfill.  </div><br>"Phoenix has authored one of the most remarkable sustainability turnaround stories in the country, and our new compost facility starts an important new chapter," said Mayor Stanton. "Opening this facility will help us reach our ambitious waste reduction goals while building our circular economy." <br><br>Located in the Resource Innovation Campus (RIC) across from the city's recycling facility, the 27th Avenue Compost Facility is the first solid waste infrastructure project in the United States and the first project in Arizona to earn an Envision recognition from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. The Envision system rates sustainable infrastructure across the full range of environmental, social and economic impacts. One of the facility's unique design feature is a storm drain system that will harvest runoff water that falls on the site, as well as any water that is pumped in and used onsite. The water collected will be used in the composting process.  <br><br>"Not only will this facility allow us to expand our residential green organics curbside collection program, it will also reduce the amount of organics sent to the landfill by some of our city departments," said Councilwoman Thelda Williams, chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee.  "The Aviation Department and Phoenix Convention Center, both of which generate food waste; and our Parks and Recreation Department which generates a great amount of green waste, will now divert the food and green organics waste they produce through this facility." <br><br>Councilman Michael Nowakowski sees this infrastructure addition an asset and could possibly bring attention from sustainability industry leaders to his district. <br><br>"I am excited for District 7 to have a state-of-the-art compost facility and the Resource Innovation Campus that can help Phoenix attain its sustainability goals and achieve a circular economy," said Councilman Nowakowski. "These new developments in my district have the potential to bring new jobs, new revenue and even international recognition from various industries." <br><br>The city of Phoenix will be working with WeCare Organics, an established company that specializes in large-scale composting processes. WeCare will provide their knowledge, expertise and experienced staff to manage and operate the new facility. WeCare will also oversee the marketing of the compost produced by the facility. <br><br>Other companies involved in the design and construction of this state-of-the-art facility include Arrington Watkins Architects, Brycon Construction, Dibble Engineering, Green Mountain Technologies and HDR All partners collaborated at the earliest stages of design to enhance the sustainability of this facility.<br><br>The opening and ribbon-cutting event was attended by more than 100 guests from other municipalities and environmental agencies, as well business partners and city staff who contributed to the completion of the project. <div><br></div><div><div style="text-align:center;"><img src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/Mayor%20and%20CW%20Williams%20resized.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:280px;height:223px;" />  <img src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/Phoenix%20Compost%20facility%20equipment.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:220px;" />   </div><br><p style="text-align:center;">-30- </p></div></div>4/26/2017 7:00:00 AMYvette Roeder, 602-501-0620 (media only)Custoemr Service602-262-6251