Garb-el Products Company Partners with Spectrum BioEnergy on Renewable Energy Project

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Continued investment in clean and renewable energy technologies plays a pivotal role in a balanced approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preventing climate change.

Garb-el Products Company, a leader in organic waste management for more than 60 years, today announced its participation in an innovative renewable energy pilot project launched by Spectrum BioEnergy, and in partnership with Albany County Sewer District and with financial support from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

As part of the pilot project, Spectrum BioEnergy will convert wastewater sludge, food scraps, fats, oil and grease into renewable energy by leveraging the Garb-el Organic Waste Grinder (OWG). The sludge from Albany County South Wastewater Treatment Plant and food waste from the neighboring City of Watervliet and Bimbo Bakeries USA will be grinded into a fine slurry before being fed into the main digester of the biogas system. The Garb-el OWG will operate on recycled effluent from the digester, making the design of this project a completely closed loop and energy efficient system.

“Spectrum searched for a high quality, economical grinder, and were pleased to discover Garb-el’s OWG,” said Spectrum President, Ramu Ravipati. “Since installing the Garb-el grinder, we’ve been very pleased and have realized increased feeding efficiency of our waste streams.”

The Garb-el OWG machines grind and process various organic feedstocks by either dumping or conveying the waste into the stainless steel chute and feed hopper. The waste is then auger fed into the hammermill where it is pulverized and reduced in size to pass through the steel filter screen. Their equipment is utilized in industries including anaerobic digestion, composting, biofuels, wastewater treatment of biosolids and sludge, vermi-composting, commercial waste and agriculture. Garb-el's Customers incorporate this equipment in projects ranging in processing size from 2 tons per day to more than 150 tons per day.

“Continued investment in clean and renewable energy technologies plays a pivotal role in a balanced approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preventing climate change,” said James M. Carbone Jr., President, Garb-el. “Spectrum BioEnergy should be lauded for their innovative approach to the anaerobic digestion model, and we’re proud to partner with them on this exciting project.”

Garb-el Products Company is a leader in organic waste management and was built on a 60 year heritage of leadership and innovation. Collaborating with businesses and communities to reduce their carbon footprint on the environment, Garb-el is committed to eliminating food scraps from landfills while practicing environmental and social responsibility. For more information, please visit: http://www.garb-el.com or follow @GarbelProducts.

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