Project Description

Depackaging and Recycling New England’s Food and Beverage Waste

Vanguard Renewables advanced Organics Recycling Facility depackages and processes expired goods, off-spec batches, or unsafe to eat food and beverage products. The extracted food is transported and recycled at a Massachusetts Farm Powered anaerobic digester, where it is combined with farm waste and converted into renewable energy.

Contact: Ray Duerr
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  • Agawam depacking facility
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  • Capacity of 250 tons per day
  • Mega Thor and walking floor
  • Grit and plastics separation
  • Carbon filter with a capacity of 6-10 air changes per hour for the whole building
  • Fast acting doors and air curtain to prevent odors outside the building
  • Multiple holding tanks with 60,000-gallon capacity
  • Commercial-scale keg decanter

Mega THOR Turbo Separator

  • Ability to process a wide range of materials
  • No manual separation necessary for palleted waste system

  • Swing hammers prevent operational downtime and reduce maintenance costs
  • Multiple screen sizes to reduce contaminants

Sealed Walking Floor

  • Eliminates dumping material on the ground
  • Enhanced visibility for contaminant identification and separation minimizes downtime
  • Constant feed of material increases processing
  • 30 tph wet/dry system

Vanguard Renewables Organics Recycling Facility in the News

  • WWLP News Coverage of AGAWAM Depacking Facility opening

Organics recycling facility opens in Agawam

Vanguard Renewables held a private outdoor ceremony Thursday morning to officially open its new Organics Recycling Facility. The advanced recycling facility will process expired goods, off-spec batches and any other food and beverages deemed unsafe to eat. The product is then moved to one of the company’s farm powered anaerobic digesters. The product is combined with farm waste and converted into renewable energy.

  • Environmentally responsible Brewing

Sustainable Brews Are More Than a Tasty Beverage

There’s nothing like a frosty glass of delicious beer. But, the process of making that refreshing libation generates a good amount of waste and wastewater. Craft brewers are increasingly turning toward sustainable solutions, including reducing their water and energy consumption, so they can do better by the environment.