The State of New Jersey adopted a bill to source separate food waste. The bill is a tremendous step toward reducing waste in our food systems and better utilizing organics within the circular economy. Further, it builds on the momentum we are seeing in other states to improve organics management. Aerated compost systems offer a well-proven, clean, and cost-effective tool to turn food scraps into a valuable resource.
Read the bill text here:
The Blau Road project team selected ECS to support a region-leading commercial compost facility. The facility seeks to take in food scraps and turn it into high-quality, clean compost.
Key aspects of this large scale compost facility include:
This project will feature a high aeration rate compost system. This approach has been proven in the labs and repeatedly demonstrated through commercial compost installations to enable efficient composting through excellent process control.
The system will feature powerful aeration fans which deliver air to the mix, control temperatures, maintain optimized process conditions, improve bio-oxidation, minimize compost odor, and convert food scraps into a compost product.
This project creates tremendous value for the local community. By repurposing food scraps, aerobic composting avoids releasing potent greenhouse gasses, such as methane (CH4). The project will also create a valuable compost product, which helps improve soils and agronomic productivity while contributing to carbon sequestration.
Additionally, this project brings a myriad of economic benefits to the region. This project will create good local jobs, reduce food waste disposal costs, and help to provide a valuable commercial rateable that both preserves the agricultural heritage of the community and reduces the burden on residential taxpayers.
Compost operations can be commercially viable, contributing to the economic development of a region by converting a waste disposal cost center into a value added profit center.
At ECS, we look forward to supporting NJ’s commercial composters on this path toward improved sustainability.