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Waste Management Terms – A Helpful Explainer

The Bioganix team has developed a wealth of experience and in-depth knowledge of the waste management industry since our original incorporation as Bio-Waste Solutions back in 2004. Focused on improvement; we’ve continued to develop our processes and expand our range of services over the years. However, we appreciate that our specialist focus isn’t shared by most professionals outside the waste management industry. That’s why we’ve written this helpful explainer of waste management terms.

Anaerobic Digestion

The process of anaerobic digestion (AD) involves the breaking down of organic matter (which may take the form of animal or food waste) for the production of biofuel and biofertilizer. It takes place inside a kind of oxygen-free tank, known as an anaerobic digester. And it’s recognised by the government, Friends of the Earth and the National Farmers Union as one of the most environmentally friendly ways of recycling food waste.

Environmental benefits of anaerobic digestion include:

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions (helping to minimise climate change)
  • Protecting animal and human health through the reduction of pathogens
  • Production of biogas, which can be used as an alternative to fossil fuel energy


As mentioned, biofuel is naturally produced through the breaking down of plant or animal waste, as is the case with anaerobic digestion. This source of renewable energy can then be used as a clean alternative to petroleum and other types of fossil fuels. It may take the form of ethanol and be mixed with gasoline as an alternative vehicle power source.

The second most common variety is biodiesel – a natural product of oily plants and other oil varieties (including the waste cooking fat which is produced when deep-frying). This is also suitable for the powering of fuel compression-ignition engines.


As you might remember from your high school science lessons, decanting involves the separation of two or more substances. A specially made decanter is typically used to draw the solid and/or liquid from the original solution. And Bioganix does this on a grand scale.

We use specialist plant and equipment to decant the waste and process from tanker, bulker, palletised, dolavs and IBC delivered to our premises. Such waste is typically suitable for the supply of our AD facilities and conversion into renewable energy. We are also able to separate oils and fats from organic waste products for the production of biodiesel.

Waste Brokering

Although specialising in the eco-friendly processing of liquid waste, we also offer dedicated waste brokering services. This may involve the collection, recycling, and/or recovery of waste depending on client needs. Using the greenest transport methods, we are able to play our part in the achievement of waste disposal and energy consumption targets.

Contact Bioganix

We do hope that this blog has helped to clear up the meanings of the specialist waste management terms and the services that we provide. However, you’re very welcome to give us a call on 01652 637803 or email for any further information.

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