First opened in 1987, the Commerce Refuse-to-Energy Facility accepts on average, 50 trash trucks per day, Monday through Friday during normal working hours. The Commerce Facility burns an average of 350 tons of trash per day and generates a net 10 megawatts of electricity for sale to Southern California Edison. The Commerce Facility produces power seven days a week, 24 hours a day for up to 13,000 Southern California homes.
The Commerce Facility's original goal was to demonstrate that refuse-to-energy is a viable alternative method of solid waste management. Refuse-to-energy facilities can lessen our reliance on fossil fuels and prolong remaining landfill capacity for future use. One of the benefits derived annually from the Commerce Refuse-to-Energy Facility is that it saves 155,000 cubic yards of landfill space, equivalent to a football field piled 93 feet high.
Thousands tour the plant every year including from around the world. The plant has won awards for excellence and innovation due to using air pollution control equipment approved by the Southern California Air Quality Management District that consistently maintains low emissions. Emissions testing is performed continuously with in-stack monitors. It has earned the reputation for being the cleanest of all the plants of this type in the world.
Site Location: 5926 Sheila St., Commerce, CA 90040
For further information, contact:
Commerce Refuse-to-Energy Authority
1955 Workman Mill Rd., Whittier, CA 90607
(562) 699-7411 or Commerce Refuse-to-Energy Facility