Sustainability 101

Overview: A Guide To New And Emerging Food Waste Technologies

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Great Forest has put together a detailed overview of various new and emerging food waste technologies that might be viable alternatives to the current practice of landfilling food waste.  The guide – “New And Emerging Food Waste Recycling Technologies” – will help you make a decision about the type of technologies your business should be exploring, and what would work best for your needs.

Should it be something you consider for your business?  The answer is yes, especially if your business generates a large amount of food waste, such as hotels with food service outlets, restaurants, caterers, or buildings with cafeterias.  Either way, you should consider implementing a compost program if you generate food waste. Technologies are an option not many generators may think of or are too quick to dismiss. See our guide to composting for businesses and organizations.

The topic of food waste has been in the news recently as New York and other cities across the country begin to phase in regulations calling for the mandatory recycling of organic material.  Dealing with food waste is the final frontier of recycling.  It is one of the last few ways to make an impact on your waste management.

Technologies Examined and Conclusions

The technologies examined in the Great Forest guide cater to the whole spectrum of food waste management opportunities, from small commercial establishments up to municipal-sized operations, and may be broken down into the three main categories of biological digestion, non-biological volume/weight reduction, and thermal processing.

In consideration of a number of factors elaborated on within the report, we found that aerobic digestion to water technology seems to represent the greatest opportunity for food waste reduction at the lower end of the waste quantity spectrum.

At the larger end of the quantity spectrum (municipal level), we found that anaerobic digestion in conjunction with thermal hydrolysis technology seems to represent the greatest opportunity to not only reduce the quantity of food waste going to landfill, but also utilize the waste as a resource to generate energy, electricity and also net financial returns.

What food waste solution will work for you? Learn more in the Great Forest guide to “New And Emerging Food Waste Recycling Technologies” prepared by Richard Cook.

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