Planet Police supplies equipment to the food generator (restaurants, hotels, office buildings, etc) to collect food waste, schedules removal of this material and then transports it to various facilities. A typical food generator will have approximately 40 percent food waste in the solid waste stream so the above processes eliminates this material from being put in a landfill or sent to a burning facility. By diverting this material there is a significant savings in the cost of trash removal.

There are essentially three types of facilities which process food and organic waste. These items are, by nature, biodegradable and the processes performed at these facilities expedite the time requirement for composting.

  1. Organic Farms:
    These farms are open fields that are used to blend food waste and organics such as leaves, cranberry & grape skins from local winery’s and juice companies as well as grains from beer companies. These items are mixed together. The next step is to infuse a wet mixture (slurry) which speeds up the biodegrading process. The final mix is piled into winrows and turned once per week by front end loaders to ensure even and consistent exposure to sunlight, air and moisture to complete the compost process. The composting is usually accomplished in 30 to 45 days.
  2. Livestock and Organic Farms:
    These farms will use edible food waste to feed their animals. Any uneaten food is then processed in the same manner as organic farms.
  3. Anaerobic & Aerobic Digestion:
    A more mechanical process by which the food and organic waste is loaded into a 200 foot long by 8 foot diameter cylinder pitched at a slight angle. There are knife blades inside the cylinder that continually chop the waste and the slurry is added along with humidity. This composting is accomplished in three to four days. In both cases the material is used as a soil additive or mulch in landscaping. There is also a method that recovers Methane Gas from the organics that is converted to energy to be used as an electrical supply source.
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