Resources

To find out more on the studies, articles, reports, and other informative sources related to conversion technologies, please click on any of the links below:

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On April 20, 2010, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors directed the Department of Public Works to assess the feasibility of developing a conversion technology facility at one or more County landfills; to identify other potentially suitable sites within Los Angeles County; and to report back to the Board within six months. Below are the first siting assessment report and subsequent six month updates to the Board of Supervisors prepared by the Department of Public Works:
• 04-25-12 CT Siting Assessment (PDF, 103 KB)
• 10-20-10 Preliminary CT Siting Assessment (PDF, 2.9 MB)
• 4-20-11 Six Month Report to the Board of Supervisors (PDF, 714 KB)
• 10-20-11 Six Month Report to the Board of Supervisors (PDF, 948 KB)
   

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The County of Los Angeles has sent an official Request for Offers (RFO) to the finalist technology suppliers and material recovery facilities (MRFs), setting the stage for the first commercial-scale conversion technology facility in the United States. The RFO comes at the end of a two-year-long search for the most proven and effective conversion technologies. To view the RFO, please click here. [PDF, 351kb]
   

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The County has released its final Phase II Conversion Technology Evaluation Report, a comprehensive study of existing technology suppliers and materials recovery facilities throughout Southern California. To read the report or the executive summary, please click:  [Report (PDF, 8MB)] [Executive Summary (PDF, 383kb)]  [Appendices (PDF, 4.16 MB)]
   

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A presentation entitled Southern California Conversion Technology Demonstration Project (PDF, 453 KB) provides an overview of conversion technologies, their benefits, and the development process undertaken by the County of Los Angeles.
   

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University of California, Riverside released a new CT report, “Evaluation of Emissions from Thermal Conversion Technologies Processing Municipal Solid Waste and Biomass.” You may view the report here [PDF, 559 KB].
   

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A report by the Sierra Club and Worldwatch Institute addressing issues relating to biofuel production in the United States and advocating the development of "advancing biofuels" including the organic material found in urban waste. You may view the entire article here(PDF, 949 KB)
   

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An article on the BioConversion Blog, Expanded Recycling - a Key to Cutting Fossil Fuels and Global Warming, discusses the significance of conversion technologies to the efforts to significantly expand recycling and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The BioConversion Blog is an excellent informational resource for conversion, recycling and energy issues.
   

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The City of Los Angeles is also evaluating conversion technologies (this process is independent from the County of Los Angeles), and has developed two reports, one by the Bureau of Sanitation and the other by the office of Councilmember Greig Smith.
   

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A report commissioned by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has found that widespread adoption of conversion technologies in California has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly five million metric tons. It should be noted that this is a very conservative estimate, as the study does not take into account additional greenhouse gas emissions reductions from transportation and landfill avoidance.

The Economic and Technology Advancement Advisory Committee's (ETAAC) report lists conversion technologies as one of the key climate change solutions for California. To view the entire study, please click here
   

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The guidance report, “How Conversion Technologies Fit Current Board Regulatory Structure," (PDF, 143 KB) provides a basic outline of how current California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) statutes and regulations apply to various types of conversion technologies. (DOC, 851 KB).
   

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The California Integrated Waste Management Board completed a very extensive Conversion Technology Report to the Legislature (DOC, 851 KB).
   

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California Research Bureau's Brief on Biomass and Cellulosic Ethanol (PDF, 604 KB) and the California Energy Commission's Bioenergy Action Plan both include information regarding conversion technologies.
   

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BioCycle magazine examines the history and future development of conversion technologies in California.
   

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On August 18, 2005, the Los Angeles County Integrated Waste Management Task Force formally adopted the Phase I Conversion Technology Evaluation Report. To read the report, please click: [Cover Letter (PDF, 217 KB)] [Conversion Technology Evaluation Report (PDF, 3.1 MB)] [Appendices (PDF, 4.6 MB)]
   

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At it's September, 2006 national delegates meeting in Los Angeles, the National Latino Congreso unanimously passed a resolution in support of conversion technologies and zero waste. The delegates recognized the importance of reducing waste and landfill disposal with regard to environmental justice. The full text of the resolution can be read here.

   

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The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works developed Conversion Technology Fact Sheets.

   


 

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