Enbridge and Divert in $1 billion waste management deal

US technology firm Divert has signed a $1 billion infrastructure development agreement with Enbridge for waste food management.

In what is claimed will be a transformative investment for the industry, the $1 billion infrastructure agreement will support the development of wasted food to renewable natural gas (RNG) facilities across North America. 

This will accelerate Divert’s expansion of anaerobic digestion facilities to sustainably convert wasted food into clean renewable energy, with the potential to offset up to nearly 400,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually.

Divert plans to scale its facilities to every major geographic region in the US to be within 100 miles of 80% of the US population in the next eight years. New wasted food to RNG facilities will also be considered for Canada.

“The infrastructure development agreement with Enbridge marks a major turning point in the battle against the wasted food crisis,” said Ryan Begin, CEO and co-founder, Divert. 

“For 16 years, Divert has been at the forefront of efforts to prevent wasted food nationwide and this new funding will serve as a catalyst to address this pervasive problem at scale. As one of North America’s largest energy infrastructure companies, Enbridge will play a critical role in the continued development of our transformative technologies and infrastructure.”

“Enbridge’s agreement with Divert represents a historic commitment from the company in advancing technologies and solutions that achieve a cleaner energy future,” added Caitlin Tessin, vice president Strategy & Market Innovation, Enbridge. 

“Divert has emerged as a leader in creatively managing wasted food and our partnership aligns with Enbridge’s priorities in pioneering RNG as an effective solution to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.”

The US alone generates more than 100 million tons of wasted food annually, with over 50% going to landfills or incinerators.