UPDATES BioCycle Tap Takeover • Site Tours • Workshops
BioCycle West Coast Conference 2015

Composting | Anaerobic Digestion | Food Recovery & Recycling | Urban Agriculture | Renewable Fuels

April 13, 14, 15, 16, 2015 • Portland, Oregon • Red Lion Hotel On The River

Agenda: Monday Workshops | Tuesday & Wednesday Sessions | Thursday Site Tours | Keynote Speakers | BioCycle Tap Takeover
Event Schedule pdf | Conference Agenda pdf
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Site Tours

Thursday, April 16, 2015

One site tour, includes stops at these locations
Additional information to come.
Fee: $95

Updated 2.18

Dirt Hugger


Dirt Hugger's new composting facility in Dallesport (WA) — a nine-acre, 26,000 tons/year facility — that features a half-acre in-floor aeration system capable of positive/negative and reversing aeration. Feedstocks processed include mixed residential yard debris and food scraps, commercial food waste, fruit and fruit processing waste, and liquid brewing feedstocks from the Columbia River Gorge region. Stage One composting takes 14 to 21 days in either windrows (average volume intake) or mass bed ASP (peak volume intake); Stage Two is turned windrow curing on 4.5 acres of cement-stabilized soil.


City of Gresham, Oregon Wastewater Treatment Plant Net-Zero Energy

gresham wwtp

The City of Gresham Wastewater Treatment Plant (water resource recovery facility) achieved its first net-zero energy consumption day on February 12, 2015, with the excess 2,000 kWh net exported that amount to the grid over a 24 hour period. Net zero was achieved via onsite renewable power using two cogeneration CAT engines fueled by biogas (95% of total electricity produced) and a 420-kilowatt solar electric system (5%). The facility increases biogas production from codigestion of fats, oils and grease. Energy efficiency improvements over the past 5 years also contributed to Gresham WWTP's net zero achievement.


Nature's Needs


Recology Oregon Compost Inc. operates the Nature's Needs Compost Facility, located in Washington County just outside the City of North Plains. This 66.5 acre facility features 12 acres of paved or improved surfaces for its aerated static pile composting process, a 63,000 gallon leachate treatment tank, and a 1.8 million gallon leachate storage lagoon. The site can process up to 80,000 tons of mixed residential yard debris and food scraps each year.