Richgro partners in first commercial food waste trial in Australia

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The City of Cockburn are running the first free commercial food waste trial in Western Australia. The Council has launched the three-month commercial food waste trial to determine sustainability and environmental benefits for possible future adoption as a permanent service.

The trial is a partnership with Richgro, with the food waste being delivered for processing in its anaerobic digestion plant in Jandakot to help produce high-quality biofertiliser. Excess electricity via methane capture from the plant, is then fed back into the grid.

“The plant’s capacity to process 137 tonnes of commercial and industrial organic waste per day, or 50,000 tonnes per year, had enabled more than 300,000 tonnes of waste to be diverted from landfill to date. Now that we have two 1.2MW generators, we can generate a maximum of 57,600KW per day, helping us to power the equivalent of 3,200 homes”. Richgro’s Director Tim Richards.

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