The Organic Recycling Process
All organic material wants to break down and is constantly in the process of doing so, which is the work of microscopic enzymes and microorganisms.
1. Feed organic waste to the anaerobic digester
The digester operator works to facilitate an environment where this naturally occurring process can take place in the most efficient manner. The process is accelerated because we create a perfect environment. While the material breaks down, gas is released. That gas is then captured in the anaerobic digester. That gas can be a valuable resource which we will utilize in several ways: to power the load of the facility and of the pre-processing equipment, including the three 1.1kw Caterpillar engines, conveyor belts, crushers, screeners, and all of the many moving parts. That gas will be converted into energy that will power the entire 75,000 square feet facility.
2. Create fuel from captured gas
The second use for the siphoned gas will be to fulfill all of our electrical needs, eliminating the need for PSE&G. For its final use, the gas will be cleaned and converted to compressed natural gas for vehicle fuel. American Organic Energy will have its own fueling station on site and will convert our 20 truck fleet to CNG, effectively eliminating over 2000 gallons of diesel fuel per year.
3. Return processed digestate (liquid) to environment
Due to this mesaphilic process (continuously pulling the gas off), there is no build-up keeping it at a relatively low heat.
After the material is fully processed, we are left with digestate – a liquid that is very high in nutrients and suspended solids. Most of the civilized nations of the world load that nutrient-rich digestate onto tankers used to irrigate farm fields. However, the specific chemical quality of Long island’s landscape prevent that from being an option due to a concern of over-fertilizing, sandy soils, and reliance on underground aquifers.
We were left with the challenge of finding an innovative use for the digestate, which led to a partnership with GE Water, whose post-processing technology will screen out the solids, leaving us with fully anaerobically digested product. Long Island Compost will finish the process by creating top-quality compost that will be marketed through our trusted affiliate Scotts Miracle-Gro.
Finally, what is left will be high-nutrient water, which after going through our treatment process, will become an organic nitrogen fertilizer to be marketed through Scotts Miracle-Gro, as well.
What completes the cycle of this sustainable process is that the natural material American Organic Energy collected from our partners in supermarkets, hospitals and restaurants will go right back into the earth as organic material. We are helping to facilitate a natural process, working with nature’s perfect cycle instead of against it.