Seeking Rapid Composting Technology for Food Waste

Background / Description

The technology seeker has developed a closed-loop solution that sustainably address the end-of-life of single-use foodware such as disposable plates, bowls and cups. This allows discarded foodware to be composted alongside food waste into commercial-ready organic fertilizer. The company has developed an innovative compostable foodware made from bioplastic along with the technology to degrade the bioplastic that allows it be easily digested through biological means.

The solution aims to put single-use foodware, preconsumer food scraps (kitchen waste) and postconsumer food waste through a digestion process which converts these wastes rapidly into organic fertilizer within 24hrs.

For the end-user, the solution consists of 3 parts; 1) the supply of compostable food ware, 2) the digestion of food waste and food ware in 24hrs, 3) the collection of fertilizer.

The end-users can be classified into 2 categories. Firstly, it will be where the digesters are located on-site at the client’s premise. Secondly, is when there is a central digester which allows for food waste from different sites to be collected and consolidated.

There is currently not an integrated and speedy solution that is able to digest both foodware and food waste together. The company believes the convenience enabled by combining both waste, and the fast turnaround, in this case 24hrs, is the tipping point for mass adoption of food waste recycling, which remains a niche solution.

Thus the company is seeking a food waste treatment technology or a solution provider that is looking to enhance their service offering and provide a more robust solution through collaboration with technology seeker.


Technical Specifications

  • Food waste digestion: Ability to digest more solid food waste such as bones and shells too in 24 hrs.
  • In the case where there are inorganic contaminants (e.g. tissue plastic pack), the digester need to be robust enough to handle up to 15% of contaminants and not get choked.
  • Smell emission Control: an integrated treatment of smell, such as bio-filters, bearing in mind that it is meant to be placed in hotels, and restaurants. The smell will be acceptable if comparable to that of a typical rubbish dump, no more.
  • For the initial deployment phase, the digester should have the ability to handle food waste capacity up to one tonne of food waste daily.
  • Final Product should be pathogen free and have good characteristics of a commercial organic fertilizer or water fit for disposal in sewer.
  • The digester should not have polluting by-products and is highly compact with a small physical footprint.
  • The food waste digestion technology would need to be modified by the partner to integrate with the bioplastic degradation module.

The complete system would be intended for use on-site for small scale food services providers and subsequently central collection sites where food waste is collected and delivered to would be targeted for larger systems.

What we are not interested in

Mesophilic Digestion Technology, Open Air Composting Technology, Thermal or Chemical based Technologies

Preferred Business Model

  • R&D Collaboration
  • Business Collaboration (Joint Venture, Distribution)

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