The BioReactor Makes Ecological and Economical Sustainability Possible.

The BioReactor Makes Ecological and Economical Sustainability Possible.

Sustainable organic waste management–in the real world–has to converge 2 notions of sustainability.  The 1st is ecological sustainability and the 2nd is economic sustainability.  With XACT’s BioReactor composting technology, this dual purpose sustainability is not only possible but profitable!

Superb Green Roof Design

Superb Green Roof Design

Let’s consider, for example, the green roof industry.  A building owner chooses to have a green roof installed.  Construction begins using a soil substrate for the plants.  What if the soil substrate included compost made from organic waste which was generated by the occupants and/or operations of the building itself?   Now that is an exciting sustainable concept!

This is where the BioReactor enters the picture.  The BioReactor is ideally suited to an urban setting.  because the:

• Waste is quickly processed with automatic feeders and off loaded with no on-site peripheral contamination.

• Equipment meets OSHA Safety Standards.

• Remarkably small electric motors power the drive(s) so that the operation is quiet.

• The BioReactor has a professional finish and the installation is pristine in appearance.

By composting solid organic waste (food waste, paper, leaf and yard waste etc.) with the help of the BioReactor, you can turn raw waste into rich pathogen-free, sanitized compost in 4 to 7 days.

Plus, soil amended with good quality compost produces healthier plants. This picture compares 2

Plantings in soil amended with compost!

Plantings in soil amended with compost!

types of plantings.  The 3 rows of plants on the left were placed in pots in soil that had been amended with compost and the single row of plants on the right were placed in pots with soil only.  The difference in the health of the plantings is clearly visible, and there is much scientific study and data to prove the benefits of compost for plant better growth, and better resistance to pests and drought to be true time and time again.

No doubt by now, you have figured out  the economics/cost savings with respect to the:

Typically, the BioReactor will pay for itself in under 3 years which is better than industry standard.

This is just one example of how the BioReactor can make sustainable organic waste management both ecological and economical. Please feel free to get in touch with us to explore these opportunites for your next project. Many thanks, D.

 

Advice for New Composting Operations

What advice would you give someone who is starting up a new composting operation?  Assuming all the permitting and funding are in place, there are still challenges in the running of the site that will have to be dealt with.  For my part, the best advice I would give is to choose the XACT BioReactor technology because it eliminates or minimizes most of the remaining challenges of the composting process such as:

Compost discharged from BioReactor after just 4 days.

Compost discharged from BioReactor after just 4 days.

Plus, get the C:N ratio and the moisture right, and in 4 to 7 days, the BioReactor makes great compost!  Because of this, typically, the BioReactor will pay for itself in under 3 years making in one of the best investments in the industry today!  This bit of advice, if taken, will get you started in the right direction.  XACT Systems does more than supply equipment, we support you from the very start to be successful in the business of composting.  Chose wisely my friend.

 

I Want 3 Tractor Trailer Loads of This Compost Right Away!

Last fall we were at a trade show and on the table of our booth we had a bucket of fresh compost from our customer’s BioReactor.  It was great looking compost–dry, fluffy, no odor and so on.  So, a gentleman walked by the booth, took one look at the compost and said, “I want 3 tractor trailer loads of this compost right away!”  We were flabbergasted.  This man was in the business of growing organic hops for an organic beer brewer, and the compost from the BioReactor was just what he needed to boost the health of his soil and get better crop yields.  What really got him enthusiastic was the quality of the compost and that he could get all that he wanted so close to his farm.

Compost Discharged After 4 Days

Compost Discharged After 4 Days

You see, our customer is composting the manure from a 1700 cow dairy herd, and there is lots and lots and lots of compost being produced from the manure on a daily basis.  Typically, upon discharge after 4 days, the compost is about 75% mature which means all the pathogens have been killed, the weed seeds are destroyed and there is virtually no odor.  This compost is ready to spread on a field and is an excellent soil amendment from so many perspectives…moisture retention, organics booster, nutrient value, suppresses plant disease, controls weeds, balances the soils pH and improve the soil structure.    This compost has tremendous value which positively impacts the bottom line–and this hop grower knew that.  Needless to say, we connected the hops grower to our customer.

Time after time, we get asked by people who are evaluating the prospect of composting solid organic waste (regardless of what the waste is), they wonder “What can I do with the compost?”  They don’t realize the value of the product they are making because they are only focused on finding a solution to get rid of the troublesome waste.  But, by making GOOD compost from the waste, they now have created an opportunity to make money from the product (compost) in addition to solving their waste management problem.  Evidently, there a many markets available to compost producers, and it is just a matter of making the connection.  When the composting operation makes consistent high quality compost such as that which can be produced by the BioReactor, the customers may indeed beat a path to your door!   Many thanks for you time today, and please let me know if we can be of any help to you with your waste management problems, AND marketing your compost!  D

 

 

 

XACT Systems Exhibits Latest Innovations of the BioReactor in Orlando Trade Show

The latest technological innovations to XACT’s BioReactor will be highlighted at the upcoming US Composting Council Conference and Trade Show in Orlando,  Florida.   With the latest advancements to the BioReactor Composting System, installation is easier and faster then ever.  The implications of this, of course, is lower costs!  (Always a good thing). If you are not able to come to the show, then just get in touch to learn more about the XACT  System BioReactor.  Many thanks, D

 

Mitigate Gas Price Increase By Upgrading to BioReactor

Gas price increases, according to industry analysts, are here to stay, and will affect every aspect of your business–especially waste management costs.

When you are thinking about how to mitigate these cost increases, please consider the BioReactor by XACT as your solid organic waste solution. The enclosed rotating drum BioReactor Composting System….

…does not use gas or diesel fuel (imagine no fuel bill at all)!
…runs on electricity with extremely low energy consumption.

…is advanced composting technology which allows for composting on site (thus eliminating haulage fees and tipping fees).

…is available in sizes small enough to suit a commercial plants, universities, hospitals, schools, grocery stores, resorts, hotels, zoos, entertainment facilities and much more.

…is also available in sizes large enough for organic waste diversion programs from landfills on the scale of municipalities, food processing plants, agricultural operations, and biosolids from waste water treatment facilities.
…has proven over and over again to be the best business decision you can make in terms of organic waste management.

….pencils the best of all the composting methods available today when you consider and calculate what are the total costs versus how much money you can save and make!

…the shortest time frame for Return on Investment…in other words, the BioReactor will have paid for itself long before other technologies including windrow operations.

Contact us anytime to find out how the XACT BioReactor can help you reduce your fuel bill and at the same time increase your revenue.

Its easier than you think, so let’s get started.

Many thanks.  D

 

 

XACT’s BioReactor Selected by Mexico Composter Company

XACT Systems’ BioReactor has been selected by COMPOSTAmex of Mexico to provide in-vessel, rotating drum composting solutions for their world renown clients.

COMPOSTAmex has over 12 years of successful experience in providing traditional composting equipment and guidance for solid organic waste conversion.   Recently, just as in other regions, COMPOSTAmex has recognized that some situations require faster processing in tightly confined spaces, yet still producing excellent quality compost.  Enter the BioReactor….which does all of this and more!   Armed with the BioReactor, COMPOSTAmex has broadened its opportunities to include a variety of manufacturing operations such as auto plant facilities, tequila manufacturers, resorts, computer companies, food production plants and so on.  Food waste, cafeteria waste, processing waste and other organic materials commonly found on such sites will be “grist for the mill” (feedstocks).  We are honored to have been chosen by COMPOSTAmex and look forward to serving them and their clients.  Gracias!

Why Bury Money?

Why Bury Money? Why indeed!  But it is occurring everyday in every municipality on this continent.  At a time,

4 Friction Drives Rotate the BioReactor

4 Friction Drives Rotate the BioReactor

when city coffers are dry and nobody wants to raise taxes, a good source of new revenue is being sent to the landfill and being buried.  Solid organic waste when converted to good quality compost is worth $16.00 to $65.00 a cubic yard.   Imagine what the annual revenue stream could be on the thousands of tons of organics if only it were diverted.  Then imagine what could be done with the money.

I can hear the nay-sayers now…..”but the cost of setting up the composting system is prohibitive.” As the old timers used to say, hog wash!  The XACT BioReactor Composting System pencils so well because of its low operating costs, minimal manpower, land, and energy requirements.  The typical Return on Investment for a large system is 2 years or less.  Plus, it is clean system with ridiculously low odor, emissions or leachates.  The precise engineering and robust carbon steel construction of the BioReactor provides reliable 24/7 operation. Check out the website:  xactsystemscomposting.com and read about the success stories of others who have stopped burying their money (and are spending it!!!)

Compost From Food Waste Produced by XACT BioReactor is Certifiable!

Christina and Jeremiah Eneix of Green Earth Landworks in Anchorage Alaska purchases the compost produced by the XACT BioReactor which is owned and operated by Alaska Green Waste Solutions. The compost is produced using food waste, horse manure and wood chips.

Compost from the BioReactor is used to give young plants a good start!

Compost from the BioReactor is used to give young plants a good start!

When Green Earth Landworks receives the compost, it is cured in static piles, and, due to the severity of the weather conditions, the piles are inoculated with a microbial package to enhance the final maturation of the compost.  The mature compost is blended with top soil for bulk sales at the nursery.  It is also used for top dressing, erosion control socks filler.  These socks are used by the DOT which requires the compost be certified.  The lab reports show that the compost passes all the tests with flying colors!  Please get in touch if you would like a copy of the report!

XACT Composting System in Alaska “Runs on Cruise Control”

Back in 2009, Alaska Waste Company had wanted to divert  450 to 500 tons of organic materials from the landfill and looked at the possibility of windrow and static pile composting.  However, the company did not have the space for these methods and the throughput would be too slow anyway.  Then Alaska Waste investigated in-vessel composting methods and came upon the rotating drum BioReactor technology by XACT Systems.  The BioReactor has a tiny footprint and tremendous throughput capacity.  It was a good fit for Alaska Waste’s needs, so they purchased a 10’ diameter by 30’ long vessel.

Once all the installation and recipe tweeking had taken place, the system nearly runs itself.  There is only one operator who works a total of 3 to 4 hours a day with the entire composting system (including loading, unloading and clean up).  There is minimal maintenance, and the energy requirements are so low because the 10’ x 30’ drum is being driven by only a 5 hp motor.  As an added bonus, the heat off the BioReactor helps heat the building!

Jeff Jessen, the Renewable Resources Program Administrator, says, “the XACT composting system runs on Cruise  Control now…it runs so well and it couldn’t be  easier to operate.”

Alaska Green Waste Solutions sells the compost to a local nursery for $50.00 a cubic yard.  The nursery cures it for a couple of weeks, blends it and uses it for landscaping at housing projects, erosion control for large projects, and as a medium for compost socks.  “They cannot get enough of our compost” Jeff reports.

Urban Composting Can Capitalize on the New Trend of Urban Farming

Urban composting with the BioReactor by XACT offers savvy businesses the opportunity to capitalize on the growing trend for local food production better know as Urban Farming.  Let’s talk about this new Local Food Movement and then see how the BioReactor fits into the picture.

A new study from The Ohio State University suggests that most modern cities have the potential to grow up to 100 percent of their current needs for produce and other items.  The study, “Can cities become self-reliant in food?,” conducted by Parwinder Grewal, professor of entomology and director of the Center for Urban Environment and Economic Development at Ohio State University, suggests that a city such as Cleveland, OH, could produce most of the food its citizens need.

The report states that “While not trivial, current local food production only accounts for 1.7 percent ($1.5 million) of the $89 million Cleveland spends annually on fresh produce, and 0.1 percent of the city’s total food and beverage expenditures. However, the potential for food self-reliance is significantly higher considering available space in the city.”

The study determined that Cleveland has more than 3,000 acres of vacant lots that are the result of years of manufacturing job losses, the recent economic downturn and a high rate of home foreclosures. He also found 2,900 acres of flat rooftops.

This study indicates that “the city can prevent economic leakage anywhere from $27 million to $115 million annually by increasing its production of fresh produce, poultry and honey. This could boost the city’s economy and lead to increased job creation.”  In addition, local food production has many other benefits, such as boosting access to and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables; cut obesity rates due to consumption of healthy food and increased physical activity; promote a sense of community and decrease crime activity; and raise property values as vacant lots are put to attractive and productive use.

Urban farming can also reduce human impact on the environment. Professor Grewal said food in the U.S. travels an average of 1,500 miles from the farm to the consumer’s plate, requiring large amounts of fuel and energy for transportation and refrigeration. Additionally, increasing green space in the city through farms and gardens can boost carbon storage in the soil, reduce problems associated with stormwater runoff, and curtail the urban heat island effect.

“Just like the organic food movement, where it was about five to six years ago, the local food movement is gaining a similar type of momentum right now, and every city has the potential to at least increase its local self-sufficiency and resilience by producing its own food.”

This study certainly makes sense, and the BioReactor Mini, such as the 510 or 515  makes it a viable economic and environmental business endeavor.  All the features of the XACT BioReactor scream “Urban”.  From the fast throughput to the quiet operation to the odorless processing there is no better composting system for organic waste conversion.  Couple the BioReactor technology with the staggering food waste produced from schools, restaurants, hospitals, and grocery stores and then utilize the finished compost for Urban Farm–it makes cents (lots of them)!

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