Hills are taking food waste and using it to create organic fertiliser
To highlight the connection between food waste and fertiliser, Hills Waste Solutions has boosted its vehicle fleet with an additional food waste truck. It has been wrapped with an eye-catching design to capture the attention of local businesses, in order to spread awareness of exactly what happens with the food waste we collect from them.
It has been wrapped with an eye-catching design to capture the attention of local businesses, in order to spread awareness of exactly what happens with the food waste we collect from them. When dealing with waste, many businesses’ main priority is to remove it from the premises as quickly as possible. Some businesses - notably pubs and restaurants and those which have a large canteen - will also be aware of the additional costs involved of incorrectly placing food waste in their general waste bins, which are weighed and charged for anything overweight. Segregating food waste is a sensible choice to make for such businesses.
What many businesses may not realise is that their food waste is converted into energy (which can be sold back to the grid) as well as creating fertiliser, which can then be used to support the growth of new crops and help to generate more great food.
So what does happen?
- Their food waste is sent to an Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant. The AD plant creates organic fertiliser as part of its recycling process.
- The AD plant converts all food waste either into energy which is put back into the National Grid or as we are advertising, it’s converted into fertiliser - which our local farmers then use to grow their crops and our next harvest of food.
- The AD plant facility uses a very clever process that involves taking all of the raw food waste and breaking it down to convert it to energy. However, nothing goes unused - there is always an element that is called ‘digested feedstock’ which is an inert and odourless slurry that is perfect for fertilisers for our farm crops in the UK. It is rich in nutrients, particularly nitrogen.
At Hills, we want to encourage all our clients to segregate their food waste and we make it as easy for your business as possible, whether it’s a 5* restaurant, pub, entertainment venue, local café or your office break out space.
Why not begin to turn your food waste into great food by starting a quote online now.