Ken Bellamy July - 30 - 2010 Uncategorized92 COMMENTS

Food 4 Thoughts
VRM has joined a group that will:
A. Pre-process organic material from commercial outlets (restaurants) in Townsville …VRM has partnered with a new venture I am starting called “Bio-Regen”.   Bio-Regen produces a unit to turn all organic material (food scraps, serviettes, etc) from the restaurant into a type of soup which is collected from the restaurant.  We have already started this at one place and have two others ready to start.

B. VRM collects the “soup” which is also inoculated with special formulations of VRM products (Liquid Bokashi) used to recycle these organic nutrients
C. At the VRM depot, the containers of “fermented soup” are hooked up to a manifold which allows us to collect the gas off the top of the ferment.  This gas is stored in a bladder and used to power Special Bio-Gas Generators which I have imported from China.  The Bio-Gas Generators will make electricity which VRM will sell back to the grid.

D. For each load of organic material which is collected, a record is kept so that we know how much organic waste is not going to a landfill site — where it normally goes.  This allows Prime Carbon to calculate a special carbon credit called a methane reduction offset credit for each tone of methane which would otherwise be created when the organic material was dumped.  These Carbon offset units will be sold to businesses that want help managing their carbon footprint.

E. The fermented soup, once it has been processed becomes the basis for VRM’s special Bio-Fertiliser products which are sold to farmers and to the local council and others to help improve their soils.

F. Each quarter, a certificate is produced which details:  

1.         How much food and other organic waste each restaurant has recycled. 

2.         How much renewable energy has been generated.

3.         How many tones of waste have not been delivered to a landfill site. 

4.         How many tones of methane emissions have been avoided.   

As these benefits each have a financial benefit at some point in the chain, a rebate is planned for the restaurants concerned.  It is my belief that this, together with the reduced cost to remove waste, will completely offset any setup costs to restaurants after one year.

G.  And finally, the Bio-Fertilisers made from this process are to be provided in part to some community gardens being set up in Townsville right now and sold to Farmers as a way to improve the health of soils, the sustainability of the operation and the quality of the fruit, veges and other food produced.  Our ultimate objective is for this food, or at least some of it to find its way back to the same restaurants here in town.  So we are creating a register and supporting a forum where farmers, community gardening outlets and purchasers of food (chefs from participating restaurants) can meet to buy and sell the food which is grown from the process.  This is called the “Food 4 Thought” community network.

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Ken Bellamy is the principal of Vital Resource Management Pty Ltd (VRM) and Prime Carbon Pty Ltd: two Australian companies that foster cooperative, sustainable environmental management through improvements in soil and water quality.

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