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5 Organic Recycling Facts that Might Surprise You

Organic recycling is the process of converting food, beverage and animal waste (alongside other items, such as oils) into energy. At Bioganix we’re experts at converting such typically disregarded waste into bio-fuels, organic agricultural fertilisers and power-generating sources.

Proving that sustainable solutions can be found in the most unexpected of places, this article will unearth five surprising facts about organic recycling.

It’s Already Powering Vehicles

Figures show that the equivalent of 26,000 barrels of oil were consumed domestically as biofuel (each day) in 2021. This alternative fuel source comes from organic recycling and is playing a key role in powering transportation fleets across the UK. But it has the potential to do so much more.

For example, the replacement of fossil-based diesel and petrol with biogas (or its purified biomethane form) could lower greenhouse gases from this industry by 60-80%. With low carbon emissions, this tried and tested fuel source is an exciting option for fueling working vehicles. There’s the potential to affect further change as awareness and consumer demand increase.

Anaerobic Digestion is Thousands of Years Old

Whilst many people and companies may not be familiar with biogas or organic recycling, the National Grid website reveals this concept has had a varied history. Biogas was being used by the Assyrian civilisation in 3,000 BC, to warm their bathing water.

Moving forward to 1859, the first substantial anaerobic digestion site was established in an Indian leper colony near Bombay. Whilst back in Victorian Britain, the sewerage lamp was invented by engineer John Webb. This ingenious object harnessed human waste to power street lamps in the capital.

Recycling Organic Waste Reduces Crop Disease

Aside from the environmentally-friendly benefits of using human, food and animal waste to power vehicles and homes, agricultural stakeholders may expect a stronger harvest.

Due to the temperatures seen within the anaerobic digester plant, the manure it produces can be applied to farmland, with fewer pathogens than raw slurry. This reduces the risk of disease affecting the crops grown, increasing the yield and potential for profits.

Anaerobic Digestion Supports Healthier Communities

Choosing anaerobic digestion also helps to minimise the health issues associate with the release of toxic gases from manure. Michigan State University states that “four gases of major importance are ammonia (NH3), carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S)” and that “these gases are produced by microbial activity within the manure”.

Unpleasant for those working and living near slurry, this pollution has already led to several deaths (as discussed within the same Michigan State University source).

It’ll also provide a better-smelling landscape that residents and businesses can appreciate.

The Fuel it Produces is Sustainable (unlike Fossil Fuels)

Whilst fossil-derived fuels have been the ‘go-to’ form of powering homes and vehicles, there will come a time when this finite supply will simply end. There’s the obvious need for a new sustainable approach.

That’s where bio fuels have the potential to meet the planet’s growing demand, as “biomethane is a renewable source of energy” unlike the limitations of methane produced by fossil fuels. Already, there is the issue of fossil fuels and natural gas being inaccessible, damaging their surroundings once extracted and expensive to access, due to their global pockets and location (often below the ocean floor).

However, the biomethane ingredients can be found wherever people and animals live.

Choose Bioganix for a Better World

Looking for a trusted organic recycling partner here in the UK? With plants in North Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, Bioganix is here to support your business and the planet. Call 01652 637803 or visit our Contact Us page for a discussion of your needs.

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