“During our evaluation, the GaiaRecycle G-200H system met the performance expectations that were originally described to us,” said Dedee DeLongpre Johnston, Director of Sustainability at Wake Forest University (www.wfu.edu)
The Wake Forest University Department of Biology conducted an analysis of the by-product from food waste processed using the GaiaRecycle machine. Their study began with determining the nutrient content of various food waste samples in order to establish the best application for the discharged output material at the university as well as the community in Winston-Salem.
After an analysis by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) Agronomic Division, the data indicated that the by-product material discharged from the GaiaRecycle system contained a significant amount of valuable nutrients that can be utilized in order to prevent all of the university’s leftover food from being discarded into landfills. Additionally, the GaiaRecycle by-product material was incorporated easily into the campus compost pile.
GaiaRecycle By-product Suitable for Composting:
The GaiaRecycle system’s output by-product was analyzed for its value as a fertilizer by comparing it to manure and composted yard waste. Individual samples of a variety of mixed organic food waste ranged in the primary macronutrient contents of fertilizer including nitrogen 6.5-18 (lbs/ton), phosphorous 3-9 (lbs/ton), and potassium 12-49 (lbs/ton). The dehydrated food waste from GaiaRecycle was very similar in elemental content to manure commonly used as a fertilizer in gardens and commercial farming. Conclusions of the study indicate that after composting is completed to decompose and normalize the mixed food waste by-product from the GaiaRecycle system, the material would definitely be suitable for use as a fertilizer substitute. “This could provide Wake Forest University with a cheaper alternative to purchasing fertilizer for the campus,” said Johnston.
GaiaRecycle has a significant level of experience and technological excellence in food waste recycling, and a wide range of modular models for processing almost any level of food and organic waste with consistent and reliable performance. GaiaRecycle’
About GaiaRecycle, LLC
Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, GaiaRecycle, LLC (www.gaiarecycle.com)
Pattie Adams, GaiaRecycle, LLC
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GaiaRecycle organic waste recycling systems, from 66 lbs/day to 2 tons/day, accelerates organic decomposition based on drying, sterilizing and grinding food scraps and organic waste. In only 8-11 hours, waste volume and weight are reduced by up to 90%.