FoodWaste’s Top 3 Projects In America – Moving to Resource Recovery

The EPA reports 40% of all food is going right into the trash. Even worse 20% of all landfill space is filling up with foodwaste. Researchers around the world are looking for smarter ways to turn those mountains of foodwaste into clean, green renewable energy.

JWCE has been grinding away at the foodwaste problem since our founding in 1973. Our first product was a foodwaste disposer for kitchen sinks. Forty years later we help food processors and large kitchens grind down foodwaste to size perfect for composting or digestion. We’re all about resource recovery.

Here are our 3 favorite food waste-to-energy projects:

Oakland’s foodwaste is converted into energy at East Bay Municipal Utility District’s water resource recovery facility right at the foot of the Bay Bridge.

1) East Bay Municipal Utilities District (Oakland, CA) – this award winning water resource recovery facility uses massive sludge digesters to convert food waste into biogas. The biogas then powers on-site generator which generate enough energy to run the entire water treatment process. That’s clean, green energy and all from food waste.

East Bay MUD also uses JWCE’s HYDRO inline grinders.

2) The Happiest Place for Food Waste (Orlando, FL) – A water resource recovery facility in central Florida expanded their sludge digestion facility in 2013 to include food waste and used grease processing. The waste comes from 43 hotels and entertainment facilities surrounding Disney World. The digestion facility will convert 130,000 tons of organic waste every year into renewable electricity and compost. The combined heat and power system (CHP) will produce 5.4 Mw of electricity.

3) A Slick Trick for Restaurant Grease (Riverside, CA) – A system designed by CDMSmith turns restaurant wastewater into a clean, renewable source of energy at this water resource recovery facility. The grease waste from local restaurants is hauled to the treatment plant by tanker truck, run through a Honey Monster screening system to remove trash and debris and then slowly pumped into the facility’s massive sludge digesters. This “co-digestion” of human waste and grease waste greatly boosts the amount of biogas produced which can then be captured, burned to run generators and converted into clean, green energy.

Two of JWCE’s automated Honey Monster grease receiving systems will be installed as part of an upgrade this year at the Riverside facility. Think you need a food waste grinder? Go here to see which would work best for your processes!