Tag Archives: Food Waste Solution

Time To Move On?

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When a customer decides they have nothing in common with their waste hauler will they move on?

If your hauler is not offering a food waste solution that best fits your needs, your goals and saves you money, is it time to re-negotiate your contract and handle your food waste on site?

The Eco-Safe Digester is a solution that requires no extra handling, no storing, and no extra costs for the disposal of food waste.

Composting Stinks

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Part II of the compost problem in North Plains, Oregon, ends with the elimination of commercial food waste processed at the facility.  Just goes to show you, composting stinks.

Recology Environmental Solutions Nature’s Needs, a composting facility near North Plains, Oregon, has been the subject of more than 1,500 odor complaints.  The Washington County Board of Commissioners recently voted to eliminate commercial food waste from the facility.

Nature’s Needs, an aerobic composting facility owned by Recology, processes about 45,000 tons of yard waste and other organics each year, including material from nearby Portland’s curbside food waste collection program. The facility has been processing food waste since 2010. Before that, it had accepted only yard waste. Recurring nasty odors attributed to the facility having some locals pushing for the food compost program to be terminated.

To try to reduce the odor problem, Recology had made several improvements to the site, including paving the entire processing area to help collect runoff; building raised, vegetated barriers around the property and moving some of the smellier operations to hours when they will be less of a nuisance. But while those improvements helped reduce the odor, they did not eliminate it entirely, officials said.

Residents formed an organization called Stop the Stink to lobby for the composting program to be terminated altogether. The story was that the improvements would be the fix, however, with the improvements in place it is stinking worse than ever,” Marilyn Shulz, Stop the Stink chairperson, wrote in a statement, calling the operation a “failed performance.”

According to the board’s Jan. 22 decision, Nature’s Needs will stop accepting commercial food waste after April 1, 2013. The change will reduce the amount of food waste at the facility by about 86% and its total intake volume by about 30%.

There are always going to be odor complaints where there are compost facilities accepting food waste, because composting, no matter what it is, creates some sort of odor. Composting stinks, that is a fact.

Composting operations should not be sited on the doorstep of a town so why build more?  No one wants them in their backyard.  Location.  Location.  Location…

Read the whole article here:  http://www.wasterecyclingnews.com/article/20130213/NEWS02/130209935/foul-odor-forces-organics-elsewhere

Composting Is No Longer The Only Solution

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It is time to redefine the recycling process.  Composting is no longer the only solution for recovering food waste.  On-site digesters are finally part of the solution.  The three steps to a successful food waste solution…

 Step 1:  Reduce

 Step 2:  Donate

 Step 3:  Recover

Reduce:  Reducing your food waste starts with consistent, daily tracking.  BioHitech’s Cloud, a  food waste tracking platform, allows you to track waste in seconds, upload data to a reporting dashboard and uncover what’s driving your waste.

Donate:  Donating un-used or over produced food to an organization like Feeding America helps to feed America’s hungry through their nationwide network of member food banks while engaging our country in the fight to end hunger.

Recover:  Recovering food waste for the production of green energy and transporting that waste with the Eco-Safe Digester helps turn food waste into a resource.

Food waste is already 70% water.  The Eco-Safe Digester rapidly digests large volumes of food waste into a nutrient rich liquid suitable for discharge into municipal sewer systems which is then transported to a capable wastewater treatment plant where the content is recovered. The Eco-Safe Digester provides a sustainable means of transportation by utilizing the sewer infrastructure.  It is an ecologically-friendly solution for processing food waste at its source.

A capable wastewater treatment facility recovers the value of food waste by capturing methane, the biogas created while treating wastewater, and uses it to generate renewable energy to power the plant, itself. In addition to that the bio-solids that result from the treatment process can be converted and sold as fertilizer and soil conditioner, recycling food nutrients back to the soil.  And of course all treatment plants today recycle the waste water for landscape irrigation, replenishing ground waste basins or pipe it into the water supply.

Other recovery solutions such as composting and the creation of feedstock continue to exist however, the idea of trucking food waste, often times, to distant composting facilities is a challenge that needs to be overcome.  There are many options when dealing with the disposal of food waste.  Not one solution works for everyone in every area, more likely there is a combination of technologies all participating together to achieve a common goal.

 Recycled Food = Recovered Resources

The Impact of Food Waste on the Environment Part II

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Excess food waste contributes to an excess consumption of fresh water and fossil fuels, and a higher level of methane and carbon dioxide emission into our atmosphere.

Research has proved that since the early 1970’s, food waste has increased 50% per capita, which breaks down on a caloric count of 1400 calories per person per day wasted. This suggests that the obesity increase in our nation may result in a ‘push effect’ of food availability, Americans are not able to match their food intake with the over availability of cheap food.

This over supply of food energy can help curb the obesity factor and our food waste challenge.

Food waste includes uneaten portions of food and food trimmings that are left over from kitchens, cafeterias and restaurants. Because of it low composting rate, it is the largest component of discarded waste by weight.

Aside from prepackaged foods making up a tenth of the waste from food, fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy and grains are also thrown away.

As you can see, food waste has a major impact on our environment, landfills and health of our nation. Here are a few things you can do to help reduce waste:

  • Write a list- preplan your shopping trips to help with the urge to overbuy groceries.
  • Keep a healthy fridge- check the seals and temperature in the fridge for maximum food freshness and longevity.
  • Don’t throw it away- make softer fruits into smoothies or pies, wilting veggies into soup.
  • Use up your leftovers- find creative ways to incorporate your leftovers into tomorrow’s meal.
  • Rotate food- when you go food shopping, put the newer food towards the back and the older food towards the front.
  • Serve small amounts- most people won’t clean their plates, encourage everyone to come back for seconds, and if there are leftovers you can use them on a different day.
  • Freeze- freezing breads help lengthen its lifespan.
  • Turn it into garden food- waste is inevitable, so why not compost as much as you can. Fruits, vegetables break down into rich nutrients for the soil. In a few months, you can sprinkle it on your garden or flowers.

Websites Consulted:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091124204314.htm

http://wasteage.com/mag/waste_food_waste_2/

http://www.thedailygreen.com/going-green/community-tips/reduce-food-waste-460708