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The use of solid waste as a fuel to produce power reduces our reliance on fossil fuels while helping to prolong the remaining landfill capacity in the region. The Commerce Refuse-to-Energy Facility is the first of its kind in California. It is owned by a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) created by the Santiation Districts and the City of Commerce and is operated by the Sanitation Districts.
Similarly, the Southeast Resource Recovery Facility (SERRF) in the City of Long Beach (City) is owned by a JPA consisting of the Sanitation Districts and the City, and is operated for the JPA by a private company.
These facilities utilize controlled combustion to convert refuse to electricity—enough to power approximately 55,000 Southern California homes. Sophisticated air pollution control devices make these facilities some of the cleanest of their type in the world.