Food waste concerns have been a global phenomenon with the rising cases across the globe. The need for a concrete system to tackle this scenario has been a crucial requirement.
With an aim to reduce the food waste, the Green Energy Fund provided a grant of $25,600 to the USF Food Recovery Project for the project that currently aims to develop four new pilot anaerobic bio-digesters sites around the campus which would be placed near the USF Facilities office, where the total cost of building the sites is $4000.
As stated by the principal investigator for USF Campus Food Waste Recovery Project, Whitney Fung, the project, during its initial year would work only for a limited number of locations that include USF Facilities and Champions Choice owing to the pilot project’s limited scope.
According to Whitney Fung, they are building new machines as there are no streamline procedures to get the student used to the existing machines on campus. They need to build new machines around the campus to recover food waste in larger masses as the existing machines are for a small-scale usage, Fung added.
By breaking down organic food matter, each of the new bio-digesters sites could produce environmentally friendly and clean methane biogas and fertilizer. The two outputs would then be used for fertilizing plants and potentially replace the natural gases and propane that contribute to carbon footprint of the campus and eventually harm the atmosphere.
The USF Food Recovery Project, therefore aims to create a closed loop food system by not just reducing the food waste but also utilizing organic food waste to generate renewable energy sources.