Composting & Compliance: Herrera to Assist the City of Richland through Organics Solid Waste Processing Feasibility Study 

The City of Richland has contracted Herrera to conduct a solid waste organics processing feasibility study, aiding the City in meeting the requirements of the recently updated Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 70A.205. These code revisions support the Organics Management Law enacted in 2022, which requires state and local governments, businesses, and other organizations to reduce organic materials disposed in landfills, increase demand for processed organic materials like compost, and create opportunities for food waste prevention and recovery, with a statewide goal to reduce organic materials in landfills by 75 percent by 2030. 

Herrera brings three decades of experience in developing collection, transfer, and processing infrastructure that has significantly diverted waste from landfills. Our partnership in this project with JRMA Architects/Engineers, will provide unmatched expertise for the City of Richland. JRMA is an industry-leading planner and designer of organics waste processing facilities with extensive experience in California and nearly 50 completed projects nationwide, including advanced anaerobic digestion, food waste pre-processing, and composting facilities.   

Further, Herrera has selected Cascadia Consulting Group to lead waste characterization studies and system design, and Pacific Financial Consulting Services to provide utility cost of service analysis and rate design.  

As a team, Herrera, Cascadia, and JRMA have collaborated together on similar projects for over 25 years. Our team’s comprehensive approach will ensure a holistic solution addressing all aspects of solid waste management, from understanding waste stream composition to designing efficient collection and processing systems and developing sustainable financial strategies for the City of Richland.