In the United States, we throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles per hour. That’s an important note when you consider this next fact: More than 23 percent – roughly one quarter – of waste in landfills is containers and packaging.
Landfills are a significant source of greenhouse gas, so it’s important that we divert as much waste as possible away from them. Renergy is now depackaging food waste to further expand on our mission to reduce as much waste as possible for our clients.
We’ve invested in the latest depackaging system, and are now processing finished goods and packaged materials from partnering food manufacturers at our Central Ohio bioenergy facility.
Packaged material is run through a separator that grinds and separates it from the organics. The depackaged material is bailed then recycled and the organics are pumped to our anaerobic digester.
Through anaerobic digestion, organic waste is converted into heat, power, alternative fuel, and natural fertilizer for healthier land and soil.
Renergy is currently processing packaged and finished goods including steel cans, milk jugs and cartons, plastic pet food containers and pouches, cardboard containers, water bottles and soda cans.
Depackaging is part of our larger effort to offer clients a more sustainable outlet for all of their materials. The more food and packaging waste that’s kept out of landfills, the better for the environment and all of us. But that’s really just the start.
At Renergy, we’re constantly rethinking the status quo and coming up with solutions that turn a liability (waste) into a resource (energy). Read more about our waste management solutions for the business and public sector.