Organic Waste Recycling Project
Organic waste recycling project announced by Agra-Cycle will process 10 Million tons of organic based waste and according to EPA estimates, will eliminate over 7 Million tons of Methane and other greenhouse gasses.
Agra-Cycle, Inc. is a non profit organization that was formed to
educate and promote sustainable agriculture as a foundation for sustainable communities.
Agra-Cycle holds the rights to what has become known as the next
generation of in-vessel composting systems. It is a Hyper-
Thermophillic composting chamber that is the most efficient of it's kind. They call it the "Vee-Stack" The Vee-Stack is a vertical composting unit that will process over 10 tons of trash and debris per day and transform it into an organic soil amendment that increases ferility and soil structure.
When you get right down to the heart of the matter, the Vee-Stack is an enormous incubator designed to propagate hyper thermophillic bacteria and fungi. These high temperature micro-organisms are much more efficient in breaking down lignin and fibers that plague typical composting systems.
The Vee-Stack is largely made of recycled materials which
dramatically reduce construction cost. The Vee-Stack makes use of
ceramics technology developed by NASA that increases the efficiency and enables the Vee-Stack to operate at temperatures unmatched by other methods. The unique design of this unit allows self aeration so there is no need for a blower to operate.
Agra-Cycle plans to offer this as a service first to clients in the agricultural sector and then eventually, the general public. As a service there is only a monthly expense commensurate with typical waste management services. There is no equipment to buy and no employees to train. The result is a truly effective landfill diversion strategy for any company that processes agricultural products.
Every ton of processed material absorbs many times it weight in atmospheric carbon. This could be the most efficient carbon sequestration method known to man. And it is sustainable.
What excites us the most is having a local source for bulk quantities of compost, the life blood of sustainable agriculture.
When you suddenly have tons of compost available it becomes much easier to entice farmers to convert to more sustainable methods of farming. Applications of organic matter also reduce the amount of fertilizer a farmer has to apply as well as helping to increase yield.
It can be either spread down crop rows or used to brew compost tea for foliar applications, drenching or irrigation systems.
Agra-Cycle's proprietary method for the processing and preparation of the mix prior to loading into the Vee-Stack results in finished product that far surpasses industry standards for compost.
One of the truly unique qualities of the Vee-Stack is that it
operates at temperatures far exceeding open air methods. Since the Vee-Stack is a totally self contained unit there is no risk of fire. This allows for hyper thermophillic bacteria that thrive at temperatures over 180 degrees Fahrenheit. These species of bacteria break down even the most resistant fibers while destroying pathogens,
weed seeds and e-coli.
We believe that the Vee-Stack will be a tremendous asset, allowing us to broadcast our mission of providing educational and research opportunities that promote sustainable agriculture.
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