North Central Texas Organic Waste to Fuel Feasibility Study

The North Central Texas Organic Waste to Fuel Feasibility Study is a coordinated effort between the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) and the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) to explore the potential for organic waste, anaerobic digestion, and renewable natural gas (RNG) technologies in the region. This study is supported by a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The region of North Central Texas is growing rapidly in population, and the parallel growth in waste generation is straining the region’s landfills and wastewater treatment facilities. As this growth continues, waste diversion efforts become increasingly important to both retain landfill capacity and reduce methane emissions associated with landfills and wastewater treatment. To address this challenge, NCTCOG has undertaken a study to explore the expansion of anaerobic digestion facilities in the region. The goal of this study is to identify future pilot projects throughout the region to divert residential and commercial food waste and wastewater biosolids and to generate RNG as a source of vehicle fuel. This study will utilize research from UTA’s Center for Transportation Equity, Decisions and Dollars (CTEDD) and its Food & Flora Waste to Fleet Fuel (F4) Framework model.

NCTCOG has convened a Project Advisory Group (PAG) of relevant stakeholders from throughout the region to provide input to the Project Team through a series of stakeholder workshops. PAG members include city and county staff, wastewater treatment providers, natural gas utilities, and others. If you are interested in joining the Project Advisory Group, please contact Breanne Johnson at bjohnson@nctcog.org. NCTCOG is also hosting a series of virtual roundtables to share existing anaerobic digestion and organic waste collection efforts in the region, which are open to the public.

Upcoming Meeting

Potential Pilot Projects Workshop - Date TBD (Summer 2022)
 

Project Meetings & Roundtables

March 29, 2022: Supply and Demand Analysis Workshop
Meeting Summary | Presentation Slides

November 30, 2021: Stakeholder Kick-Off Workshop & SWOT Analysis
Meeting Summary | Presentation Slides | Meeting Recording

July 12, 2021: 
Regional Food Waste Collection Networks Roundtable
Meeting Materials
 
March 24, 2021: Second Organic Waste to Renewable Natural Gas Roundtable
Meeting Materials and Recording

December 9, 2020: Food Waste, Anaerobic Digestion, and RNG Regional Efforts Roundtable
Meeting Materials and Recording