Going Green, Easier Said Than Done. Or Is It?
Going Green is not just for the individual anymore as increasingly communities seek alternative methods for reducing their environmental impact. Landfill diversion is the trend that is sweeping the countryside as local boards and committees look to get serious about sustainable waste management. Landfills generate tons of methane gas which effects local air quality. In addition to polluting the atmosphere with greenhouse gasses, landfills also endanger groundwater systems.
But going green in today’s society is easier said than done. More than a few have gone nearly stark raving mad after a carbon footprint frenzy led them to living down by the river. From the first group idea to actual implementation, a composting project is a lengthy process. There is much to take in prior to making a logical, informed decision. But if the public is against a project for reasons such as noise, increased traffic, unpleasant odors, fire hazards, and pests the project will not make it out of the initial planning stages. Going Green may sound enticing but no one wants a composting facility in their backyaqrd. Expenses include land, transportation, new procedures, training implementation, collection, quality control, consultation and testing and the list goes on. Is it a wonder that after operating for a year, most composting facilities find themselves well over-budget and close their doors? But all that could be changing in Tennessee.
For the rest of us, there has to be a better way with dealing with organic waste in our communities than just adding to the problems.
Agra-Cycle Inc. has come up with a new advanced design for vertical composting units. (VCU's) named the Vee-Stack.
VCU's operate worldwide and have exceeded the most stringent composting requirements for over three decades. Agra-Cycle found ways to make the manufacturing process less expensive and more efficient than overseas competitors.
The Vee Stack will allow communities and businesses to meet landfill diversion targets, get rid of greenhouse gas production, and offer a final item which is a measurable, efficient carbon sink.
That is saying a lot, but the real coup is PR and the "bragging rights" at the next convention. Composting is a bi-partisan activity which everyone can lend support to and it creates a better sense of community awareness.
According to Agra-Cycle, “There are two keys to operational success using a Vee-Stack. The first is in the processing of organic wastes, there must be a balanced proportion of carbon and nitrogen. Then the pH values must be adjusted, followed by precise moisture control, and finally loading into the Vee-Stack. The second part happens within the Vee-Stack. Air enters the Vee-Stack from the bottom which greatly enhances the composting process in the chamber. As thermal patterns in the stack grow, Thermophillic bacteria come alive and generate heat as they break down the waste. As the temperature continues to rise to stoichomatic levels, pyrophylic bacteria come alive and in turn feed on the gases that are released. These microbes eat all the smelly gases and like hydrogen sulfides that plague other methods of composting. The machine functions as it's personal bio filtration system." The Vee Stack is a totally self contained vertical tower, it even gathers and recycles leechate (liquid that drains off the pile) back into the system so that it too can be composted. When used continuously, a Vee Stack processes around ten tons of organic waste per day on average. Multiple units are used for achieving greater tonnages. Depending on the organic waste used the process generally takes 14-21 days to complete.
In a time when Going Green means multi-million dollar solar and wind projects, this a green idea that is both sustainable and financially viable, a rare combination. Agra-Cycle, Inc, was formed as a non profit organization during 2009 in Shelby County Tennessee. "Our mission is to provide educational resources and promote sustainable agriculture in our region first and foremost.
We believe that the Vee-Stack will benefit local businesses by reducing their landfill expenses and consequently eliminating all that methane that would normally be produced as it rots in the dump. Our ultimate goal is to provide a consistent source for composted organic matter that will increase soil fertility and reduce the need for chemical fertilizers in local farm land. Agra-Cycle is funded entirely from the contributions of individuals and corporations, as a policy we do not solicit or accept government funding of any type because that would go against our fundamental belief in American Exceptional-ism. We anticipate that the Vee-Stack will be available for on-site use before the end of 2011.
Currently, we are looking to make contact with Tennessee cotton gins to recycle their Ag waste, what they refer to as “gin trash.” Agra-Cycle will deliver the Vee-Stack and compost their annual production of gin trash. This will allow us to field test before final production. Cotton burr compost is a prized commodity as a soil amendment for sustainable agriculture.
It is all dependent on contributions at this point, we have it pretty much ready to go at the fabricator, we just need to pay them first. We have been debt free from day one and aim to keep it that way.
Everything that Agra-Cycle has put together so far is due to the efforts of an volunteer staff. They have done everything from putting together a website, to preparing the IRS Form 1023. It could not have been done otherwise. "We have had people tell us that they have felt a calling to do something positive for the environment but had not found anything that interested them until now". You can be a part of this as well.
Simply make a contribution at their website with PayPal. Visit
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