With Baxter Enviro food waste can be recycled into useful resources with organics recycling. There are two main processes used to recycle food waste:
Anaerobic digestion (AD)
Anaerobic digestion(AD)uses micro-organisms to break down food waste in the absence of oxygen. This process produces biogas, a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide which can be used to produce heat, electricity or transport fuels. It also creates bio-fertiliser which can be used in farming as a natural fertiliser.
In-vessel composting (IVC)
Composting is a well know process for food waste – with warmth, moisture and microbes, organic matter can break down naturally into fertiliser full of goodness. To allow all types of food waste to break down swiftly and completely ,in-vessel composting (IVC) facilities are used. This is in in essence an enclosed compost heap with levels of microbes, moisture and warmth that are closely controlled and monitored.
Food waste, often mixed with garden waste and used compostable packaging, is shredded to increase the surface area. It is held inside an enclosed composting vessel for around 2 to 4 weeks. During this time the conditions within the container are carefully controlled. Temperature is very important, as high temperatures are needed to ensure any pathogens in the decaying food are destroyed. The resultant material is matured in piles for several weeks before being screened for larger pieces or contaminants. The final result is good fertiliser which is a valuable can be used to improve soil and growing plants
Food waste can be collected in a variety of containers from sacks to large bins Baxter can provide a full package including important weight data allowing clients to monitor consumption and wastage.