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Time to Be Positive

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There is no better time than now to decide to be more positive and how we can help companies and the environment achieve that status. The best place to start is to set a plan in motion that sets forth a positive vision, one that includes goals that adopt sustainable practices and have positive impacts.

BioHitech America’s technology solution for food waste makes it easy for businesses to make a positive contribution in as many as four key areas: waste, water, carbon, and innovation. Being disposal positive, water positive, carbon positive, and innovation positive is surely encompassing a positive vision.

Disposal Positive
Finding the right solution to become waste positive is unique to each customer. Sending it to landfill is irresponsible, hardly positive, and soon to be banned in many states. Storing it for transport to distant compost facilities is not only costly but creates more carbon not less. The Eco-Safe Digester is an on-site solution converting food waste into a nutrient-neutral grey water that is safe to be disposed of to a standard sewer line eliminating the need for on-road transportation.

Water Positive
All of the Eco-Safe Digester’s installed today are responsible for transforming thousands of pounds of landfill-bound food waste into more than 90 million gallons of grey water every day. By utilizing Water Resource Recovery Centers (formerly known as Waste Water Treatment Facilities) to treat and process the grey water is not only resourceful but also an opportunity to replenish diminished water supplies.

Carbon Positive
Carbon positive eliminates activities that add CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. Carbon negative is no doubt a garbage truck getting 4 miles to the gallon, stopping at more than 30 locations a day to pick up food waste that is either landfill-bound or distant compost facility bound. In addition to that, hauling food waste anywhere increases noise and air pollution in and around towns and cities. Processing food waste on-site cleans up congested roads and ultimately prevents pollution. 

Innovation Positive
Cutting-edge technology that remotely monitors utilization and performance while simultaneously reporting on financial, operational, and sustainability progress across multiple locations, well, that is truly positive.

Businesses need to start with a strategy, one that they are committed to sticking too. The strategy should be easy to enforce and sustain, and be cost-neutral at the very least. Being “positive” is a new way of doing business and not just words listed under the corporate sustainability goals.

BioHitech America continues to help its customers exceed all of their sustainability goals while keeping a positive focus.

You Need Yard Waste

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A solution for food waste and the proper management of it has been under a great big microscope for all kinds of environmental and social reasons lately. Diversion of food waste from landfills is a top priority for many cities and states, but what looks good on paper doesn’t always translate to a practical solution.

Simply adding food waste to a compost facility that already processes yard waste sounded like a brilliant idea to Highland Park’s city officials.  However, understanding how the composting process works before leaping would have possibly turned this failure into a success.

A healthy compost program needs a variety of ingredients that contain carbon and nitrogen.  Meaning you should have equal amounts of yard debris and food scraps in order to manage this task correctly.

Highland Park Illinois joins a long list of failed attempts country-wide.  It seems they had a poor understanding of the composting process and are now trying to re-launch the idea for an eight-month period, April through November.  The issue is that in the winter months there is no yard waste pickup so this particular site couldn’t accept the food waste during those months.  Since the food waste cannot sit around for obvious reasons, the program would only be able to run for the eight month period.

Compost programs often fail because without yard waste you can’t process food waste alone.   It sounds like Illinois found out the hard way.