It’s no secret that America, and for that matter, the planet, faces an energy crisis. Maybe the issue isn’t at redline yet—we do keep the lights on and the heat blowing. Still, in the face of indisputable evidence of manmade climate change, the issue of energy production and in particular the issue of reducing pollution while maintaining and growing that energy production is a challenge that will continue to top legislative agendas the world over.
That said, while food waste recycling is not the be-all end-all solution, it should absolutely be included in every energy discussion. The simple fact of the matter is that food waste, whether in production, distribution, or consumption is a fact of life. Reducing food waste is a component of the conversation, but as long as people refuse to eat banana peels and moldy bread, there will be food waste.
With that in mind, why not invest in facilities and infrastructure to harness and utilize that food waste. Rather than send it to landfills and wastewater treatment plants, where the energy contained is a problem to be managed—complete with its own costs and environmental issues—why not capture and use that energy?
Biomethane—which is what our Anaerobic Digesters produce—with a few tweaks is essentially the same as natural gas. The same natural gas used to fuel power plants, heat homes and businesses, and power CNG (compressed natural gas) engines. This emerging market is our target.
CNG powered vehicles produce dramatically fewer emissions than diesel or gasoline engines, last longer due to cleaner burn, and are more economical given the lower prices of natural gas.
Wherever that energy gets consumed, it is our mission to recycle it. With all of the cost, energy, labor and other resources that go into producing food and related products, it only makes sense to recapture as much of those resources as possible. Waste not, want not.