Making the Conversion to Harvest Power As a New Customer

You’ve made the decision to “Choose Orlando” and participate in Responsible Food Recovery with Harvest Power. What’s next?

1. How do I contact Harvest Power to take the first step towards organic waste diversion for my business/ organization?

There are a few options: Contact Chris Peters, Regional Vice President, Harvest Power Florida at (407) 569-2754 or You may also fill out short contact form or email us

2. What does Harvest Power provide in terms of initial implementation of the program?

“We have designed a full program from training to disposal,” explains Peters, “We train the staff on the new procedures, work with management on logistics and cost analysis, and provide new signage and designated containers.”

3. How much does it cost to get started to send my organic waste to Harvest Power?

Each company is different, but we have found that implementing the program that Harvest Power has designed for organic waste diversion comes out to be at least cost-neutral compared to traditional trash disposal programs.

Companies all over Central Florida are choosing Orlando! Why not be the next?

The Beauty of Biogas

Anaerobic digestion produces biogas, but what does that mean? Think microscopic cows at a nightclub that can make cars fly.

Anaerobic Digestion and biogas are hot topics. Impress your friends with these quick concepts.

First, let’s break it down: “Anaerobic” means without oxygen, and “Digestion” means the breakdown of organic material. Put together you get anaerobic digestion as the breakdown of organic matter in the absence of oxygen – by anaerobic bacteria –, producing biogas.

Second, let’s dive into biogas. Biogas is a flexible fuel typically comprised of 60%-70% methane and 30-40% carbon dioxide. Imagine anaerobic bacteria as microscopic cows that chow down on starches, fats and sugars in oxygen-free nightclubs, burping up biogas. (Note: Engineers typically do not endorse this colorful version of describing anaerobic digestion, but admit it, now you can imagine it!).

Biogas is quite magical: when captured (such as at anaerobic digesters) it can be turned into electricity and heat, upgraded into pipeline-grade natural gas, or compressed into vehicle fuel. In theory, the scene from Back the Future when Doc shoves banana peels and coffee grounds into his car was a lesson on the power of food waste to fuel the future.

Biogas is sometimes called deep green energy because it provides a cleanly sourced, easily managed source of renewable energy.

Learn how to contribute to the local production of biogas by sending your food scraps to Central Florida’s award-winning facility.

Fast Company Names Harvest Power in 50 Most Innovative Companies

fastcompanyFast Company, “Most Innovative Companies 2014: For Realizing the Awesome Might of Food Waste,” by Christina Larson, March 2014 Issue, see p. 136

Sorting Scraps: A Seamless Solution!

Harvest Power offers a seamless state-of-the-art organic disposal solution to new clients.

Harvest Power encourages diverting food waste in order to benefit both your company and the environment. Benefits from making the switch to sort scraps include differentiation from competition by supporting renewable energy production for your community. Yet committing to the change involves exactly that—committing to change. Changes in any business environment can be daunting.

Chris Peters, Harvest Power’s Regional Vice President for Florida, understands the concerns. That’s why Harvest Power developed what he describes as a “seamless state-of-the-art disposal solution.”

Harvest Power’s organic diversion start-up plan ensures excitement for your restaurant, prep kitchen, or food processing business: Harvest Power assists with all the details from source-separation to waste pick-up. In addition to getting high-fives for innovation, you’ll also get bonus points for the fact that most programs end-up either cost-neutral or actually reduce disposal costs.

Harvest Power helps new clients throughout the entire process:


  • Containers
  • Signage
  • Stickers


  • Cost Analysis
  • Operational Consulting
  • Plan Development
  • Employee Training
  • Hauling Arrangements


  • Carbon Footprint Reduction
  • Report Organic Tonnage Diverted Report
  • Amount of Electrical Power Generated Report
  • Natural Fertilizer Generated Report

Ready to start exploring your organics diversion disposal options? Contact Chris Peters directly at (407) 569-2754.

Here’s how NYC is going to start turning its food scraps into power: Inside the brown energy movement

scienceline-300x59[1]“Here’s how NYC is going to start turning its food scraps into power,” by Nick Stockton 2013.12.20

Power From Food Scraps

livingonearth[1]Living on Earth, “Power from Food Scraps,” Curwood – Podcast – 2013.09.20


Harvest Power Launches Energy Garden that Turns Local Food Scraps into Renewable Energy

North America’s largest commercial-scale high solids anaerobic digester and compost facility turns organic waste into clean energy and compost

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA (Sept. 11, 2013) – Wondering what to do with your yard trimmings, pizza crusts, apple cores and other food scraps? Harvest Power has a solution: turn it into energy and compost! Today Harvest, along with its partners, officially launched its Energy Garden in British Columbia, the largest commercial-scale high solids anaerobic digester in North America. The Energy Garden is located at Harvest’s site in Richmond, B.C. and has the capacity to convert up to 40,000 tonnes of food and yard waste per year from area homes, businesses, restaurants and supermarkets into clean energy and compost.

“This facility represents the innovation, passion and commitment required to usher in the future of organics management,” said Paul Sellew, Harvest Power founder and CEO. “We are excited to continue our partnership with the Metro Vancouver and the City of Richmond community to cost-effectively convert organic materials once destined for the landfill into clean energy and compost products.”

Harvest’s Energy Garden, which uses GICON’s batch two-stage anaerobic digestion technology, is the largest of its kind in North America. The facility produces enough energy to power approximately 900 homes per year, and provides hundreds of thousands of cubic yards of top quality soil products to local farms, gardens and landscapes.

Harvest is celebrating the opening of its Energy Garden and composting facility with two events: a “Cube of Food and Compost” tour and an opening ceremony. On Wednesday, Sept. 11, Harvest will tour the region with a “Cube of Food and Compost” – an educational learning station that will make stops at local venues to demonstrate how energy and nutrients are cycled through the community. At each stop, participants will learn about sorting food scraps and receive compost. On Thursday, Sept. 12, Harvest will host a grand opening celebration with community leaders, government representatives and the business community.

“Our Government is supporting innovative projects across the country and positioning Canada at the forefront of clean energy technology to help protect our environment and create high-quality jobs,” said the Honourable Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Canada’s Minister of National Revenue. “Projects like this not only support our local economy but also demonstrate how we can use clean technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

“The City of Richmond is pleased to work with Harvest Power to manage and beneficially reuse our organic waste,” said Malcolm Brodie, Richmond Mayor and Chair of the Zero Waste Committee for Metro Vancouver. “Together we are creating opportunities to reach our recycling targets while improving the soil for future generations and developing the increased use of renewable energy sources.”

Harvest’s services and products help reduce landfill-bound waste and greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation while providing clean, local renewable energy and top quality soil products.

“We see an organic cycle of energy and nutrients: a pizza crust from last night’s dinner gets turned into power today, and soil that grows tomatoes in tomorrow’s garden,” continued Sellew.

Financing for the Energy Garden was supported by a $4 million contribution from Natural Resources Canada and a $1.5 million contribution from BC Bioenergy Network. Proud supporters of this effort include BC Hydro, Metro Vancouver and member municipalities, Port Metro Vancouver, haulers, landscapers and local residents. The energy is sold back onto the grid under a power purchase agreement with BC Hydro.

About Harvest Power

Harvest creates a more sustainable future by helping communities better manage and beneficially re-use their organic waste through the production of renewable energy and soils, mulches and natural fertilizers. Harvest’s vision is to find the highest and best use for the 500 million tons of organic materials produced in North America each year. The company operates organics facilities in the Mid-Atlantic and West Coast of the U.S., and in Ontario and British Columbia, Canada. Harvest has grown rapidly since its founding in 2008 and has garnered awards for its business of energy generation and soil revitalization: the company has been named to the Cleantech 100 Top Global Cleantech companies three times and won Bloomberg’s 2013 New Energy Pioneer Award.

About City of Richmond

British Columbia’s fourth largest municipality, Richmond is an island community located in the mouth of Fraser River. Home to 200,000 people and one of BC’s most robust local economies, Richmond has also preserved about half of its total area as open space, including farmland, park, environmentally protected areas and other green space. Richmond is committed to being a Sustainable City that is “a healthy, safe and enriched island community with an innovative and prosperous economy and thriving natural systems, sustained for current and future generations.” Richmond has been a regional leader in promoting composting, the recycling of food scraps and other measures to divert waste from landfills. Richmond also supports sustainability and reduction of our environmental footprint through innovative production and use of renewable energy and award-winning energy conservation measures.

Bloomberg Announces 2013 New Energy Pioneers




Greentech Media, “Bloomberg Announces 2013 New Energy Pioneers,” Katherine Tweed 2013.04.23

Breakfast TV Vancouver – Thor Visits Harvest Power

Screen-Shot-2013-04-26-at-1.19.14-PM1[1]CityTV’s Breakfast TV, “Thor Visits Harvest Power,” 2013.04.19

Just in time for Earth Day, Thor gets a lesson in completing the organic loop at Harvest Power in Richmond where they turn food scraps and yard trimmings into clean energy and compost.