JCU’s kitchens produce a large volume of food waste. Common practice is to place the scraps in the waste bin which ends up in landfill and produces many tonnes of CO2 and methane emissions and is a wasteful use of what can be a valuable resource.
Hundreds of tonnes of food waste is sent to landfill every year from JCU’s kitchens as there has been no cost effective or easy alternative to allow recycling of the food waste until now.
To avoid this wasteful practice TropEco has installed a new Bio-Regen unit in the University Halls kitchen in Townsville and at the refectory on the Cairns Campus. The innovative Bio-Regen unit takes food waste and converts it into a liquid bio-fertiliser through a simple and hassle-free process.
The Bio-Regen System grinds waste food, adds water and liquid bokashi (microbes which help break down the food) and pumps the mixture into a bio-digester tank, which is located outside the kitchen building.
Once full, the bio-digester tank sits for 28 days, to allow the food to be digested and converted into a new form that is suitable for use as a nutrient enhancer for plant growth.
Nutrient enhancer can now be purchased through TropEco – click here for more info.
The Bio-Regen unit is manufactured by a local Townsville company and was originally designed by a local farmer. It is now used all over the world as the most effective way to convert food waste into a valuable product.
JCU is using the nutrient enhancer on its Sunshine Edible Garden community garden plot at Rotary International House and the results are outstanding.
The photos below show the results of growth after just 3 – 6 weeks from planting seedlings during September - October 2013.