Senators Carper, Cardin Tour Bioenergy Devco

U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the EPW Committee, today toured Bioenergy Devco’s Maryland Bioenergy Center in Jessup, Maryland. The facility uses a process known as anaerobic digestion to recycle up to 110,000 tons of organics annually, producing renewable natural gas for energy and sustainable soil amendment for agricultural and other land uses.

Anaerobic digestion is a powerful technology that naturally breaks down organic wastes, which would otherwise be headed for incineration, landfills or left to pollute local environments, and instead turns the waste into renewable energy and an organic soil amendment.

“It was wonderful to tour Bioenergy Devco’s facility today with Senator Cardin and learn more about how sustainable technologies anaerobic digestion can benefit our environment and economy.” said Senator Carper. “Turning organic waste into renewable energy not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions but also fosters job creation—a win-win. I look forward to identifying opportunities where we can work together to advance organics recycling, which has great potential in addressing Delaware’s poultry waste.”

“We are committed to ensuring that the federal government is a good partner with state and local governments and businesses in supporting zero waste goals and generating high-quality jobs,” said Senator Cardin. “By resourcing critical infrastructure like organics recycling facilities, composting facilities, and wastewater infrastructure, we can take actions to reduce waste and protect our air, water and land.” 

“Anaerobic digestion reduces the emissions of greenhouse gasses from food waste, creates a nutrient-rich soil amendment and a sustainable energy source that moves us towards circularity at scale,” said Bioenergy founder and CEO Shawn Kreloff. “Maryland has been a leader in advancing this technology, supporting the development of facilities and organics recycling legislation. We are grateful to Senator Carper and Senator Cardin for their continued efforts to further the ecological and economic benefits of anaerobic digestion and organics recycling.”