- Western Australia waste-to-energy company Biogass Renewables is teaming up with city councils to collect residential food waste and use it to power homes.
- The WTE anaerobic digestion method would process up to 150 tons of food waste each day, enabling the company to power as many as 3,000 homes in the area.
- Although Biogass Renewables already has a plan in mind for the Western Australia region, the company's general manager Joseph Oliver says that the process must be "implemented by the local councils, ensuring an organic collection takes place."
In the United States, roughly 72% of the municipal waste stream is made up of organic waste, including food scraps. With controversy surrounding the idea of banning food waste from landfills, industry leaders are scrambling to determine the best solution of how to deal with excess food scraps. WTE processes, such as the one being implemented in Western Australia, could be utilized in the U.S. to help the waste management industry reach zero waste landfill targets and promote sustainable energy.