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




Compostable Diapers Easily Composted In XACT BioReactor

Compostable baby diapers have apparently created a viable opportunity for new composting business ventures since a couple of new companies in the last few months have contacted XACT about it.  It certainly makes sense given the advancement of  biodegradable technology, regulations for organics diversion and heightened consumer demand.

The BioReactor is a perfect fit for such composting because these facilities need to be located close to the collection route….in other words populated cities.   The in-vessel, rotating drum BioReactor takes up very little space and yet handles large volumes of organic waste.  Plus, the compostable diapers compost very fast with little or no odor, leachate, and emissions.  For new business ventures, the BioReactor technology is a smart choice because no additional labor is required and the overhead is minimal since the drum can sit outside–no matter what the weather.  I could go on an on, but a better idea would be for you to check out the XACT Systems website or contact us directly to discuss this further.  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



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)!

Low Energy Consumption: XACT BioReactor

The hot button for many of the companies and organizations we meet with are energy costs and reducing energy consumption which is driven by soaring energy costs and, in some regions, lack of supply.  At the same time, tremendous amounts of organic waste must be managed in a responsible manner.  Thankfully, there is a viable solution, because the BioReactor by XACT solves both challenges handily.

Here are the facts and formulas to calculate the energy costs for a 10’ diameter x 100’ long BioReactor.  This size of vessel is run by one 10 hp electric motor.  The horsepower output for a 10 HP is 746 Watts X 10 = 7460 Watts = 7.46 KW. Accounting for the typical inefficiencies of the motor, let’s estimate it to be about 85% efficient, so the electrical input to the motor would be 7.46 KW / 0.85 = 8.78 KW. Operating for one hour, the 10 hp motor would consume 8.78 KW X 1 Hr. = 8.78 kWh.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average cost of electricity (per kWh, nationwide, as of December 2010) is $0.125/kWh.  Thus 8.78 x 0.125 = $1.10

Thus, the energy costs for a 10′ x 100′ BioReactor is:

$1.10 for 1 hour of operation

$26.40 for 24 hours of operation

$792.00 for 30 days

$9,636.00 for 1 year

Now let’s look at how much waste is being composted.  The 10’ diameter x 100’ long BioReactor has a capacity of 200 cubic yards.  200 cubic yards of solid organic waste on average weighs 120 tons (assumption of 2 cu. yd. = 1.2 ton).  If the organic waste remains in the drum for a 4-day retention period, the energy costs for that period is   $105.60.  And what do you get for $105.6o?  At the end of the 4 days, you will have compost that is 75% mature and pathogen free.  Not only will you have composted all the waste for just $105.60, but  you will have done so and controlled emissions, VOC’s and odour.  So, the the bottom line is:

$105.60 to compost 120 tons of solid organic waste. How is that for low energy costs and consumption!  Let’s try plugging in your regions energy costs and see what your costs would be…call any time.  Many thanks.  D

The “NOW” Composter

Are you frustrated with the tremendous amount of organic waste created in our communities along with the persistent total lack of creativity in ways of disposing of it?  Perhaps the answer to this problem can be found in the wisdom of 2 ideas. 1) Think Globally, Act Locally. 2) Grassroots Action. At XACT Systems, where I work, we offer a composting system that will allow you to take action now with an environmentally and economically viable system – on a extremely small footprint – handling the amount of waste per day that you need to – odor control up the wazoo – within the confines of your community. At the core of the system is the BioReactor which converts organic waste into compost NOW. Your concern is our concern and that is why the XACT BioReactor was created….to be part of the solution. I would be very grateful, if you would take a look at this system when you get a free minute. Many thanks.  D

What is the Target for Your Community to Divert Solid Organic Waste From Landfills?

Many communities have set higher standards for waste diversion, yet have not achieved them for one reason or another.  What is the target for your community to divert solid organic waste from landfills?  Is there progress being made towards meeting those goals?   If not, what or who are the obstacles standing in the way?

Composting projects should be getting quicker approvals than they are .  How can we move these projects forward?

Many thanks, and keep in touch.  D

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — Doreen on August 19, 2010
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