The biggest misconception is that recycling is the same as composting. This is not factually correct, so let me explain.
Composting is a natural process that uses aerobic bacteria to process organic matter. These bacteria need air to process waste, that is why the compost pile must be turned regularly or the bacteria die off and the pile goes putrid.
Compost will also go bad if the correct Carbon to Nitrogen ratios (C/N) are not maintained.3
The carbon content typically is provided by “browns” like dried leaves, wood chips and Nitrogen is provided by “greens” like food waste and grass clippings. The difficulty is we typically have only browns or greens at any given time.
So, if you have a quantity of food waste from a restaurant you must already have the proper quantity of organic carbon sources to begin the process or you are going to have a pile of rotting waste, just like the landfill. Stocking large piles of shredded leaves, wood chips or sawdust is not only inefficient but is an eyesore as well.
Composting also has a dirty little secret, it releases about the same amount of carbon and methane emissions as the landfill. According to Dr. Sandy Brown, Research Associate Professor at the University of Washington, “only 25% of the carbon is retained in the composting process.” The remaining 75% of the carbon contained in composted materials is released into the atmosphere.
Other common problem that come with composting on a larger scale include, smells, birds, rats and the noise of tractors and heavy equipment. Agra Cycle wants to teach you how much easier, efficient and effective it is to recycle organic matter using anaerobic bacteria.
The naturally occurring bacteria that AgraCycle use do not need air to process waste. You already know them by another name, Probiotics.
That’s right, the same types of bacteria used to make everything from wine, cheese, kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, yogurt and sourdough bread.
If you ever seen a silo on a farm, what you were seeing in fact was a huge container of shredded corn stalks that were fermented (using probiotic bacteria) to preserve the nutrients. This preservation supplies a nutritious and healthy meal for dairy cows that keeps all winter.
Unlike composting, you won’t have to stock pile feedstocks because there is no carbon to nitrogen ratio necessary. you won’t have to water it, won’t have to turn it, won’t ever smell it and best of all, won’t even have to look at it! Case in point, silage (or pickles for that matter) are processed without having to worry about maintaining the correct C/N ratios.
Do you own or manage a business that would recycle organic waste if there was a consistent, reliable pick-up service? AgraCycle can help you set up a recycling project that can not only save on disposal fees but create positive PR as well.
Do you embrace regenerative farming techniques but lack the resources to recycle organic waste?
AgraCycle can help you to formulate a plan that precisely fits your needs. Food Waste recycling on the farm reduces the use of petrol-chemical fertilizers that are toxic to humans, wildlife and the environment. Not only is recycling a vital process to regenerative farming but can be used to effectively restore soils damaged by toxins.
We can't keep creating carbon emissions and then honestly say that we care about the environment.
Returning carbon and organic matter to the soil has been scientifically proven to aid in both restoring and maintaining soil health. 2
Recycling food and other organic waste is just common sense and provides a viable alternative to the environmental damage caused by landfilling.
You can take the lead in the fight against climate change.
There is still a vast amount of organic material that is being dumped every day at it is effecting our environment in a negative way. We see a tremendous opportunity that can be implemented by nearly every community nationwide.
AgraCycle.org did not invent some “new technology” or come up with a “revolutionary idea”, we are simply following the laws of nature. Since there is no way to take a natural process and make it patentable, there is little business incentive to pursue it because of a low profit potential. However, it is "open source" for virtually anyone willing to do so.
Even if you don’t have the space available you can typically find a gardener who would love to amend their soil with this because it is so much more nutrient intense than compost.
Nature has its own tried and true methods of Sequestering Carbon.
At AgraCycle.org, we work in harmony with nature to create highly efficient, effective carbon sequestration projects that are environmentally and pecuniary sustainable.
Through the process of recycling organic waste, the carbon and methane emissions that would normally occur from landfill dumping are eliminated.
Restoring and maintaining healthy soils can offset a significant amount carbon emission. Recycling provides immediate, quantifiable results in cutting dangerous emissions and also provides a significant secondary benefit by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and locking it into the soil. 4
Recycled organic waste contains about three times the nutrient value as compost and is loaded with probiotics that help heal the soil and fight off plant disease.