Food Waste to Energy

Ideal Family Farms turns food waste into Green Energy

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According to EPA The amount of food wasted in the US is staggering. The US generates more than 34 million tons of food waste each year. Paper is the only material category where we generate more waste, but we also recycle more. Food waste is more than 14 percent of the total municipal solid waste stream. Less than three percent of the 34 million tons of food waste generated in 2009 was recovered and recycled. The rest —33 million tons— was thrown away. Food waste now represents the single largest component of MSW reaching landfills and incinerators.

Generating food waste has significant economic as well as environmental consequences. Whether you’re an individual, family, or business, chances are a considerable portion of your budget goes towards buying food — either for you, your family, or your customers.  Learn More

At Ideal Family Family Farms, we turn food waste into electric by putting it into our Anearobic Digester. At our facility the 180 KW generator runs on the gas generated by pig manure and food waste and is enough to power 130 homes. This concept is simply amzing when you consider the benefits of utilizing this method of dealing with the staggering amounts waste, as an alternative to sending this waste to landfills.

How Does this work?


Anaerobic digestion is the process of breaking down organic matter in an oxygen-free environment to generate gas. The gas produced in the process is biogas, a combination of methane and carbon dioxide. The methane can then be burned for energy. The material that remains after digestion (digestate) should then, ideally, be composted aerobically to complete the process and produce a valuable soil amendment and zero landfill waste. Another benefit of anaerobic digestion, in addition to energy production, is that they require less space than many other large-scale composting methods, making them easier to locate in urban areas


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