Massachusetts companies that generate more than half a ton of food waste a week can no longer send it to landfills or incinerators. This has created a demand for "anaerobic digesters.
Massachusetts throws away almost one million tons of food waste every year. To help decrease this, the state has tightened its food waste ban; as of November, 2022, any business that generates more than a half a ton of food waste per week cannot send it to landfills or incinerators.
At Jordan Dairy Farm in Rutland, the cows are doing two things – producing milk and poop, lots of poop. Cow manure to be specific. That may seem like a stinky problem. But it's how the farm is being powered.
Meet Neil Smith, CEO of Vanguard Renewables, a leading company in the development of organics-to-renewable energy projects. In this NothingWasted! episode, we spoke with Smith about renewable agriculture, the power of partnerships, Vanguard’s expansion plans, and more.
Vanguard Renewables Announces partnership with Vermont Creamery to turn food wasted into renewable natural gas.
At a young age it was cool to be the farm girl, everyone wanted to be friends with me and I was soon known throughout second grade as the farm girl. However, my classmates had no idea what it meant to live on a farm. They loved the animals, but they had no idea the amount of work it takes to run a successful farm.
Our food and agriculture systems are fundamentally broken. It’s no exaggeration to say that the warming planet, social inequities, and health epidemics bear this out. However, there’s real hope. We can heal ourselves, our communities, and our planet when we begin to participate once again in the creation of healthier food systems.
Anaerobic Digestion 101: How Vanguard Renewables takes Organic Waste and Makes Renewable Natural Gas
Vanguard Renewables’ Farm Powered process includes engineers, scientists, and a team of logistics experts to get inedible food and beverage waste to our recycling facilities or to our digesters. Not to mention our farm partners whose dairy cows are producing the manure that gets mixed with inedible food and beverage waste to make the magic happen.
Catch Vanguard Renewables Chief Sustainability Officer, David Darr, on the latest episode of The Dairy Download podcast
On the latest episode of The Dairy Download, we speak with two experts with decades of experience helping producers and processors advance their sustainability measures.
The sustainable technology presents an opportunity to turn cow manure and food waste into renewable energy and added income. But biodigesters are not always easy to operate, and they can be costly to replace.