With rapid population growth and industrialization, the amount of organic waste we produce has greatly increased. Organic waste is produced in many forms like food waste, human and animal waste, and agricultural waste.
Organic waste is not actually a ‘waste’ if handled properly. It can be used as compost in fields and gardens, or as a source of renewable energy. Another way to use this organic waste is to convert it in biogas by the process of ‘anaerobic digestion’.
Anaerobic digestion is a process in which organic matter is broken down by the microorganisms to produce biogas, which is used as a fuel. This whole process takes place in the absence of air, therefore it is known as anaerobic digestion. Energy Recyclers is a Pennsylvania-based renewable energy generation company that treats organic waste to anaerobic digestion to produce energy.
The process of anaerobic digestion can take place naturally in landfills, which generates methane – a greenhouse gas which contributes to global warming. Methane has 21 times higher potential to cause global warming than Carbon dioxide. Handling organic waste smartly, by diverting it from landfills to the anaerobic digesters, not only provides us with a renewable source of energy but also leads to reduced emissions of methane and therefore helps in environment protection.
Improved Water Quality
Food waste, which is dumped into sewerage pipelines, is mostly made up of fat, oil, and grease which can clog pipes and cause sewer overflow. Diverting food waste to anaerobic digesters not only leads to economic savings but it also helps in maintaining the water quality.
Organic waste is very foul-smelling. Organic waste sent to landfills can make the environment very unpleasant because of its odor. In aerobic digesters, organic waste is digested in a closed system which keeps its odor inside.
Arguably, the most important benefit of anaerobic digestion is energy generation. Organic waste can be a source of renewable energy. Facilities that have anaerobic digesters and electrical generation system installed, can rely on the energy produced by the treated organic waste and sell the excess energy back to the grid.
What type of organic waste can be treated to aerobic digestion?
- Household waste: It is majorly composed of kitchen waste and garden waste. Kitchen waste may contain non-organic material like plastic-packaging, which cannot be digested or composted.
- Human and animal fecal waste
- Agricultural waste: It consists of residues of crops, for example, rice husk or maize stalks.
Recycling the organic waste through anaerobic digestion is a great idea which can lead to economic savings and also helps in keeping our environment clean. Anaerobic digestion is an environment-friendly and sustainable approach for waste disposal.
Energy Recyclers provide organic waste recycling solution in Pennsylvania. We convert animal and food waste into electricity and help you in creating a cleaner environment. If you want to dispose your organic waste responsibly, you can consult Energy Recyclers.