Food waste composted with the in vessel composter by XACT is solving the organic waste problem of an 8,000 room hotel in Cancun, Mexico. The Cancun Palace Resort generates 2500 tons of organic waste per year, and wanted/needed to reduce their high waste haulage costs and landfill tipping fees. In addition, the hotel management wanted to take meaningful action to reduce their GHG emissions.
The Palace Resort was able to solve both objectives effectively by choosing the BioReactor by XACT Systems to compost their organic waste. As an added bonus, the Cancun Palace Hotel’s corporate image is enhanced by their responsible waste management initiative. Plus the benefits don’t stop there! The Return On Investment (ROI) is only 18 months making the investment in the BioReactor Composting System a savvy decision in all respects.
Food Waste and Garden Waste are the Feedstocks
The BioReactor is composting food waste from the kitchens and dining rooms as well as green and brown gardening residue. The waste is processed in the in-vessel composter for 5 days. Upon discharge, the compost is pathogen-free, weed seed-free and virtually odorless.
Composting in the BioReactor Is Followed by Vermicomposting
The next step in the operation is for the compost to be placed in the worm bins for further decomposition. Vermicompost is process of decomposition of organic waste using worms. The castings (or worm manure) have a high saturation of water soluble nutrients (readily plant available) and makes an excellent organic fertilizer and soil conditioner. The Cancun Palace Resort uses the castings in their own nursery, gardens, flower beds, and on the golf course.
These in-vessel composters of XACT Systems are being manufactured in our Mexico plant, and will be composting the spent fruit bundles from palm oil production. After the oil has been extracted from the fruit, the tons and tons of fruit bundle waste will be loaded into the XACT in-vessel composter and converted into rich earthy compost. The compost will be a terrific soil amendment because it adds organic matter and nutrients back into the soil. The soil is healthier thus the crops are healthier, more resistant to disease, and will produce higher yields. So, not only will the XACT BioReactor solve the organic waste problem, it is also improving crop production.
This link will take you to a document describing research done in 2006 regarding palm oil production and composting the spent fruit bundles.
Actually, the in-vessel composter by XACT can compost any solid organic waste. In this case, fruit bundles will be composted, but the BioReactor can also compost other agricultural waste such as green waste, spoiled feed, manure and mortalities. In the commercial sector, the BioReactor quickly composts food waste, fish waste, paper, leaf and yard waste, grass clippings and so on.
Each BioReactor is 10′ diameter x 40′ long. The drum turns very slowly while the ends of the drum remain stationary. This allows for the filling capacity to reach 70% of the volume of the vessel. The typical daily operation of a BioReactor begins by unloading a specific portion of the compost using the discharge door followed by loading the daily volume of waste material in to the BioReactor at the in-feed end. The waste material remains in the BioReactor 3 to 7 days depending on the properties of the waste material.
Once this installation gets up and running, I will get pictures and post them so that you can see how well the operation is working. Until then…check out our website for more information on some of our other installations. Many thanks for your interest today!
XACT’s in-vessel composting system is being put to the test in a pilot project using various solid organic materials and amendments. One of the tests included small animal/bird mortalities as a feedstock. Recently, one of the superb composts produced used the following feedstocks:
This project has been implemented to confirm the BioReactor’s performance and to determine best practises for the composting process protocols and feedstocks. This in-vessel composting system is comprised of a 5′ diameter x 10′ long vessel, a mixer and conveyor and is situated in a hoop building. It has been running tests for approximately 6 months trouble free. Satisfied with the pilot project results, this company is ready to take on the full “meal deal” and get started commercially on a large scale with a 1060 BioReactor.
The Value of Pilot Projects
Pilot projects allow a facility to:
An in-vessel composting system, such as the Compact BioReactor, lend itself perfectly for pilot projects:
The Waste Expo 2015 in Atlanta features a seminar afternoon on the 29th of April. In the 1:00 pm slot will be a presentation showing the advantages of XACT Systems’ in-vessel composter (BioReactor) and the various installations we have around the world . This presentation will take place on Tuesday (the first day of the show) in the Organic Waste Management section.
XACT SYSTEMS BOOTH
Our booth 5440 is also located in this section….just keep a lookout for our logo. So if you would like to discuss your particular composting project as well as learn about the BioReactor technology and installations around the world, please stop by.
We will have samples of compost made from food waste, other organic waste and amendments in the BioReactor in just 4 to 5 days. Come see it for yourself so that you can appreciate its potential dollar value, soil value, and plant value. For those of you looking for free passes to the show, simply get in touch with me and I will see that you get all that you need. www.xactsystemscomposting.com. Remember the Waste Expo 2015 begins on April 29th and runs for 3 days. Hope to see you there! Many thanks, D
The Waste Expo 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia will showcase XACT Systems BioReactor later this month. The dates of the show are April 29 – May 1. You are welcome to check out the latest innovations of the BioReactor Composting System by coming to our booth # 5440 which is located in the Organics Waste Management section of the show. The BioReactor will compost food waste, biosolids, yard waste, wood waste and more. Check out our website for a complete listing of the types of solid organic waste that can be composted successfully with our in-vessel rotating drum composting technology. wwww.xactsystemscomposting.com. Hope to see you there!
If you would like a free pass into the show (and save yourself some bucks), please get in touch with me as I have plenty of free passes to share….phone #’s and email address are listed below. Many thanks. D