Renewable Resource Recovery is a term that has been gaining traction in the world of Wastewater Treatment and Waste Management. Resource Recovery applies a process which makes use of what would otherwise be disposed of as waste into valuable products, such as energy and raw materials. In the world of wastewater, Anaerobic Digestion takes front and center.
Anaerobic Digestion is a process which involves storing organic waste (such as the waste from wastewater sludge) in an enclosed system where bacteria and other microscopic organisms can break down the waste until it is fully decomposed and can be used as compost for farming, landscaping and the like.
The Benefits of Renewable Resource Recovery
Being able to make use of waste that would otherwise be buried in a landfill to produce energy and valuable material is a great way to generate additional revenue and save energy costs on these capital intensive systems, a huge plus for both the client and the environment. Applying Renewable Resource Recovery to our nation’s infrastructure has the potential to be a large and valuable market disruptor.
We at BCS are excited to see what our future holds in Renewable Resource Recovery, as we continue “putting the pieces together!”
Check out this article by the EPA for more on the benefits of Anaerobic Digestion. In the next blog of this series, we will take a look at the article’s discussion of incorporating food waste and the benefits of Co-Digestion!