About Eco Food Recycling
Eco Food Recycling was founded on 27th April 2010 and has grown significantly on the strength of its reputation for delivering on its promises. ECO collects waste food in its heartland of southern England and beyond, stretching out across the whole of England. It uses specialist waste food collection vehicles designed for the sole purpose of retaining high liquid content wastes like food waste.
At ECO we recognize that it is important not to waste food. It’s a valuable resource. We work with our customers to help them minimise their waste food. But where it is wasted it is imperative that it is collected and treated properly. ECO will always ensure that your waste food isn’t wasted twice; it will always go into an approved AD plant and be used to create renewable energy. In doing so your food waste is helping to decarbonise our economy and contributing towards the UK meet it’s renewable energy and recycling targets.
Aside from environmental savings though ECO can also help you save money. Our service is efficient and the cost of treatment through AD is less than traditional routes like landfill and incineration. From national businesses to small corner shops we will save you money and use your waste food to save our precious environment.
The AD Process
The food waste we collect is separated from any packaging when it arrives at the AD plant. The food is then processed into a liquid and fed into large tanks in the absence of oxygen. This liquid food undergoes a natural biological process during the next 30 days where it breaks down into methane and carbon dioxide gases. The methane is then used as a fuel to feed a specially designed combustion engine that generates heat and electricity. The heat is used as part of the AD process and the electricity is exported to the grid for use by homes and businesses across the country. Some AD plants just clean up the methane and inject the gas straight into the gas grid to mix with natural gas. This gas is then used in homes and businesses for heating and cooking.
AD also generates large volumes of liquid which is stored in tanks on site. This liquor is used by local farmers as a fertilizer. This means AD has twin carbon benefits both in terms of reducing reliance on fossil fuels and by avoiding the use of synthetic fertlizers in our agricultural industry.