Recovery

Soil enrichment

Transform food loss and by-products into fertilizer or compost

Food loss and by-products can be used as bio-fertilisers, enriching soil and providing farmers with an alternative to chemical fertilizers.

Examples of diverted food loss

  • Digestate from anaerobic digestion of organic waste is often used for compost or fertilizer.
  • Sludge from the wastewater treatment of food and drink processors can be used to enrich soil for the next harvest.

Renewable energy production

Use food loss and by-products to produce renewable energy

The energy embedded in food residues can be recovered in various ways, such as combustion and anaerobic digestion.

Examples of diverted food loss

An increasing amount of biofuels is produced from waste streams from the food sector.
Companies like Dutch brewer Bavaria, Italian confectionary and gum producer Perfetti van Melle, ice cream makers Ben and Jerry’s and Häagen-Dazs and frozen potato product manufacturer Lamb Weston produce biogas for electricity from wastewater. At Häagen-Dazs’ factory in Arras, France, ice cream that cannot be used is put through the factory’s wastewater treatment process to generate electricity that is fed back into the grid.