The sustainable processing of waste is one of the significant challenges facing our generation. At CleanBay Mid-Atlantic, we’re naturally reusing the waste from poultry farms from across the greater Delmarva region to improve our environment and provide for our future.
The 9 billion broiler chickens raised in the U.S. annually, 605 million in Delmarva alone, produce 14 million tons of litter.
Uncontrolled poultry litter releases nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas with 300 times the impact of CO2.
Uncontrolled poultry litter produces nitrogen and phosphorus runoff, which lead to algae blooms that pollute our waterways and create dead zones.
Today, over 15,000 bodies of water in the U.S. are affected, including the Chesapeake Bay.
About CleanBay Mid-Atlantic
CleanBay Mid-Atlantic is currently developing a portfolio of bioconversion facilities in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. At full capacity, each plant is designed to recycle more than 150,000 tons of chicken litter each year and, using a process called anaerobic digestion, convert it into renewable natural gas and organic fertilizer. To fit the unique needs of each proposed location, each facility will be appropriately scaled based on a variety of factors, such as available feedstock and demand for fertilizer and renewable natural gas.
CleanBay will initially construct 2 new facilities across the Delmarva Peninsula, creating 26 new high-paying full-time jobs in the area per facility, in addition to hundreds of indirect jobs in construction and supply-chain needs.
At full capacity, each facility will produce ≥750,000 MMBTUs of renewable natural gas, creating enough energy for over 11,000 homes.
At full capacity, the clean energy produced at each facility will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 1,000,000 tons of CO2 equivalent annually, which equates to taking 217,480 passenger vehicles off the road each year.
Each facility operating at full capacity can produce ≥100,000 tons of organic, slow-release fertilizer with added humic acid for area farmers to better meet the region’s agricultural needs and reduce phosphorous runoff.