Ask American Organic Energy CEO Charles Vigliotti to reflect on his journey constructing one of the most sophisticated anaerobic digesters in the world and he’s likely to respond with, "I’m just a garbage man, what do I know?"
Vigliotti, also the CEO of Long Island Compost, recently sat down with Jed Morey on the latest installment of Morey Creative Studios' Grow for Good™ podcast, where he discussed AOE's mission to transform organic waste disposal in the New York metropolitan region, and beyond, through its cutting edge anaerobic digester project.
Borne out of a Queens-based family business founded by Arnold, Charles and Dominick Vigliotti in 1976, Long Island Compost (LIC) was established as a means of repurposing the region's organic waste—leaves, grass clippings, even supermarket food, for example—into nutrient-rich compost, soil and mulch, fit for distribution across the northeast.
As the saying goes, one man’s garbage is another man’s gold.
Along the way, LIC had the privilege to develop engineered soil solutions for such notable New York landmarks as the World Trade Center Memorial and the High Line.
But it’s the company's next chapter that might be the most interesting and rewarding experience to date. And it just might change the world.
Listen to the full Grow for Good™ podcast episode to hear Charles Vigliotti explain the inspiration behind the anaerobic digester project, its cutting edge functionality, and the wide-reaching benefits it will have, both for the tri-state region and the world.