Food Waste As Fuel

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When we think of fuel we think of energy sourcing. Energy What if I told you there were alternate uses food waste rather than simply throwing it in the landfill. Food is wasted in all parts of the food supply chain, and we can use it for fuel!  How is this done? I’ll explain further.

for Almost inevitably within the world of food, where there is food there will be scraps. Every kitchen contains some sort of food waste, though some waste is easier to avoid than others. In efforts to reduce waste we have adapted various remedies to improve the kitchen, the most effective being preventing the food waste in the first place. The hierarchy of food waste demonstrates the process in which we can handle easy to avoid meal scraps, the main and most important being prevention.

Waste as Energy

When we began using renewable energies, certain countries were doing it better than others. Sweden is a prime example. Watch this video to see that Sweden levels its trash, buy also buys trash from other countries.

 

The Hierarchy of Food Waste

  1. Prevention
  2.  Optimisation
  3. Recycling
  4. Recovery
  5. Disposal

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This is best done beginning with suppliers, which waste more than consumers. However, no matter how well controlled, there is always going to be leftover waste (we can only minimize the situation as much as possible). So what are kitchens to do with leftovers? There are various types of food waste as well including

Types of Food Waste

  1. Spoilage from the kitchen– At times kitchens will buy much of their food in bulk to prepare for all the meals they plan to serve throughout a week. Sometimes too much food is bought that is not demands. Therefore, this food sits and spoils after long term no use.
  2. Trim waste– bones, peels , seeds, and parts of food that can not be served in a meal.
  3. Customer waste– Food remaining on the plate of a customer (see our Plate waste Tracker that measures consumer waste).

So what can one do besides throwing it in the trash? What if there was a way to put these to this waste as fuel into another field.

Food Waste As Fuel

The Food Waste Master is an easily installed food processor designed to handle all types of leftover waste on site, converting organic waste into usable nutrients.  When processed, the food waste master is able to reduce the organic waste up to 80%, reducing needs for transportation services and extra costs. The opportunity to harness inevitable waste as a fuel may be of power in the future, and costs costs that add to land contamination. The adding of organic waste to landfills is costly to hotels, restaurants and all involved with municipality trash, and it does not provide a further solution to the organic components mixing with harmful toxic substances, contributing methane to the atmosphere. Instead, harnessing scraps as fuel and substantially reducing the space provides brighter solutions to the already heavy habits we’ve accustomed to. Our Food Waste Master addresses all organic material and reduces it on site of its waste, in the kitchen of a restaurant, hotel or in one’s own home, by digesting all of this waste and transforming it into usable compost.

Compost

Compost is the organic material remains when food or organic product is decomposed by microorganisms and bacteria. It is full of nutrients that is extremely useful for plant growth. The process to create compost involves using products high in nitrogen such as food, produce or greens that decompose easily and mixing them with carbon products, such as sawdust, leaves, or dry wood. The result of the combination over time provides nutrients rich and easy for microorganisms to further break down. The product of this over time is a nutrient rich component to soil known as compost. Compost adds to the nutrients to the soil and is often sold for gardening and to enrich and condition soil quality, or be used as fertilizer, and control weed growth. Bacterias in compost that serve as a natural pesticide for soil.  This benefit provides the opportunity to replace many other man made fertilizers and pesticides containing harmful chemicals for the environment.

 

Although this is just one component of compost, options converting food scraps into another energy source for fuel, rather the adding to the accumulating piles of trash in other landfills. So next time you are faced with the scraps, pits and peels from creating a delicious meal, ask yourself: Is there another source of energy that this trash can fuel?

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So imagine if the all the food waste leftover in Kitchens also had an alternative use? We could nearly eliminate all waste in Kitchens! 

Most gardeners know the power of compost and often have areas in their backyards for designated breakdown of materials. Now its time to ask those in the kitchen! Get ready, the future is trashy.

 

 

 

So we would like to ask you: DO you practice compost in your home or apartment? What are the most common items you throw away?

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