Most people hear the word “recycle” and think of paper, plastic, or aluminum. What they don’t always consider is organic waste recycling.
Organic waste recycling doesn’t always mean something like “compost heap” or “feed the chickens” (and I have personal experience with both of these, neither of which are pleasant). The people over at Re-Nuble have what they’re calling a net-positive closed-loop system to get useful stuff out of organic waste.
Organic Waste Recycling For Green Energy And Fertilizer
The system Re-Nuble picks up organic waste from farmers, supermarkets, and restaurants and then tosses it into a closed compartment with the proper micro-organisms, at which point everyone is happy — the closed compartment means people in the vicinity can’t smell the process, the micro-organisms are having a blast, and Re-Nuble gets electricity and organic fertilizer to sell! It’s a pretty efficient system.
The ‘minor’ matter of reduced fossil fuel use — both for transportation of said fertilizer (since odorless means the facility can be located closer to its customers) and in the fertilizer itself (because organic) — is also a win.
The other side-effect of an organic waste recycling system like Re-Nuble’s means that less of that organic waste is reaching landfills — which in turn means that the landfill itself not only doesn’t smell as horrific, but it also produces less methane as a result of rotting formerly-edibles. (Although, personally, I’m happiest about the “less stuff in landfills” part of that.)
Re-Nuble is currently holding a fundraiser to launch its system — head on over, take a loo, and chip in!
Source: ReNuble on Indiegogo