Barwon Water and six local councils are joining forces to transform food, garden and commercial organic waste into renewable energy and nutrient-rich products for agriculture, in a step forward for the circular economy in Victoria.
The Federal Government has launched a $171 million bid to take 3.4 million tonnes of food and garden waste out of landfill each year, diverting it to farms to create healthier soils and a better environment.
Queensland’s students will help lead the charge against organic waste with $500,000 in funding from the state government to help schools tackle food and garden rubbish generated in the schoolyard.
The Victorian Government has announced two Renewable Organics Network projects to reduce waste going to landfill by using organic waste to produce electricity.
WasteMaster is a world-leading environmental technology by Green Eco Technologies – an Australian owned company. The WasteMaster is locally built in Melbourne, engineered to solve the bulk food waste burden and dramatically decrease waste transportation costs.
WasteMaster is a safe, efficient and environmentally beneficial onsite solution that reduces weight and bulk of organic waste by up to 80 per cent. It converts and re-purposes organics into a reusable resource which can be used as clean fuel for power generation through anaerobic digestion or as a solid fuel source. It can also be used for animal fodder or as a soil improver.
There is no requirements to add or discharge water, microorganisms or any other additives. Simply connect to three-phase power.
It is estimated that approximately 3.2 tonnes of landfill gas emissions are prevented for every two tonnes of food waste converted and diverted from landfill sites. The WasteMaster conversion process diverts putrescible food waste from landfill, being flushed into the sewer system or incinerated, helping to reduce the global burden of greenhouse gas emissions.
Whether food waste is from food manufacture or processing, food preparation for meals, cooked food from the kitchen or table waste leftovers, the WasteMaster system cleanly and efficiently converts the waste into a smaller, usable by-product.
Peterson has released a new horizontal grinder to meet waste industry demands for a smaller high-performance machine.
In addition to developing its own recyclable products and reducing unnecessary packaging, Woolworths is working towards a zero food waste future.
Plant waste from agriculture and timber harvesting could be converted into high-density aviation fuel according to the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics in China.
The research, published in scientific journal Joule, comes at a time when international bodies and governments begin to invest more resources into the issue of organic waste streams, and provides an interesting case study for the future of the industry.
Scientists at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics have converted cellulose, a polymer formed on plant cell walls, into a high density fuel that can be used as a wholesale replacement or an additive to improve the efficiency of other jet fuels.
While chain alkanes derived from cellulose such as branched octane, dodecane, and hexadecane have previously used for jet-fuel, researchers believe this is the first study to produce more complex polycycloalkane compounds that can be used as high-density aviation fuel.
Author of the study research scientist Ning Li said the new biofuel could be instrumental in helping aviation “go green.”
“Our biofuel is important for mitigating CO2 emissions because it is derived from biomass and has higher density (or volumetric heat values) compared with conventional aviation fuels.
“As we know, the utilisation of high-density aviation fuel can significantly increase the range and payload of aircraft without changing the volume of oil in the tank,” Li said.
Li and his team said the process’ cheap, abundant cellulose feedstock, fewer production steps, and lower energy cost and consumption mean it will soon be ready for commercial use applications.
Resource Resolution Pty Ltd has applied to establish a $12 million commercial food waste processing facility which has the capability of producing biogas for energy.
The proposed facility would process 30,000 tonnes of liquid food waste a year and produce 2.4 megawatts of power.
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Resource Resolution also aims to recover organic matter for use as animal feed or to generate renewable energy with an anaerobic digestion facility.
Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria received the works approval for the site, planned to be located at 19 Winter Road, Girgarre.
Resource Resolution has proposed to use the Biogass Renewables AD system, which is currently used in Perth, WA. It is estimated that the bioenergy operation will process 23,382 tonnes of dairy, 3,475 tonnes of food products, 2,421 tonnes of fruit and vegetables and 722 tonnes of supermarket and grocery waste.
EPA Victoria’s assessment of the application will consider best practice technology, energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions and waste composition. It will also assess any potential risk to human health and the environment, including from emissions to air, noise, disposal of digestate, the waste water treatment system and operation contingencies.
An application for an amendment to the current planning permit is currently under assessment by Campaspe Shire Council.
Works approvals are required for industrial and waste management activities that have the potential for significant environmental impact.
Bunbury-Harvey Regional Council Chief Executive Officer Tony Battersby discusses council’s composting services and its work in garnering community support for its services.