Food Waste / Biomass Facilities
What mixes perfectly with manure in most RCM digesters? Food wastes of virtually any type. Dozens of types of food wastes – including fats, oils, grease, whey, grape juice, milk, paper, paper sludge, ice cream, fish byproducts, breading, salad dressing and waste fruit and vegetables – have been turned into energy at RCM’s farm-based digesters. RCM digesters have co-digested grease trap waste as well as investigated wastes such as source-segregated Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) and meat packing wastes.
Digesting is good for the environment: food waste needs a place to go and farms have storage and land for nutrient management. As with manure waste, digesting food wastes:
- generates energy
- creates profitable byproducts
- reduces tipping fees
Farms accepting food waste from external sources often must deal with issues outside their own predictable waste management systems.
- Zoning – What do you call a site where waste is being trucked in?
- Permitting – Will it smell, attract vermin and cause odor and flies?
- Storage – Is there sufficient capacity?
- Nutrient management – Can the farm handle the volume of extra nutrients from food waste?
Farmers needn’t worry about having the answers to these questions. RCM experts are available to help at every step of the way.