A UK environmental technology company has claimed a new industrial-scale process could make a big impact on reducing organic waste to landfill.
Somerset-based Advetec said its bio-thermic digesters were capable of converting 33 tonnes of organic waste material over a 48 to 72 hour period, reducing the volume by over 97%.
It said the process results in mostly clean water and a small percentage of refuse-derived fuel (RDF) powder that is “dry and quick to burn”.
The company claimed anaerobic digesters only converts 30% of waste to methane and produce a digestate of limited use.
Advetec chief executive Craig Shaw said: “With our new industrial sized bio-thermic digesters we can truly make zero organic waste to landfill a reality. We can turn commingled waste and anaerobic digestate into a valuable resource.
“We are already seeing significant interest both here and abroad from medium to large waste companies, municipal authorities and food manufacturers where large volumes of organic waste are an issue.
“Since this technology is completely scalable, banks of digesters can be linked to handle ever increasing volumes of waste, or each digester can be moved from site to site.”