Could food waste power our cities

zdnetZDNet, “Could food waste power our cities?”  by Julie Mehta


In two giant airtight vats at Harvest Power’s Energy Garden in central Florida, quadrillions of microorganisms are feasting on orange peels, wilted lettuce, burnt bread crusts, and other food discarded by humans. In less than a month, these ravenous creatures consume waste that would have taken years to decompose in a landfill.

Better yet, they release immense amounts of gas — biogas, to be exact. This heady mix of roughly 60 pecent methane and 40 percent carbon dioxide is fed into generators to produce electricity to help power area businesses.

Converting Produce Waste into Energy

food-manufacturingFood Manufacturing: Converting Produce Waste into Energy, by Meredith Sorensen “Industry Insider” Section for  May/June 2014.  View online article here.

Huffington Post Canada

huffpost_business_canada[1]Huffington Post Canada, Harvest Power: Turning Your Rotten Food into Energy,” David Dodge 2014.02.17

Massachusetts businesses stay ahead of food waste ban

greenbiz.comGreenbiz/NRDC Switchboard, “Massachusetts businesses stay ahead of food waste ban,” Dana Gunders, 2013.08.01

Efforts grow in Mass. to turn food waste into energy

Boston-Globe[1]Boston Globe, “Efforts grow in Mass to turn food waste into energy; State’s landfill rules spur plans for plants,” David Abel 2013.07.22

Bloomberg Plan Aims to Require Food Composting

NY-Times[1]NY Times, “Bloomberg Plan Aims to Require Food Composting,” Mireya Navarro 2013.06.16