I recently read an interesting article in Environmental Leader about
PCC Natural Markets and its new on-site food scrap "Harvester."
PCC is the nation's largest member-owned grocery retailer, with stores located around the Seattle, Washington area. Its store in Issaquah is hosting the Harvester. The pilot project is in partnership with a local clean technology firm, WISErg Corporation, the developer of the Harvester.
Food scraps from the store are tossed into the sealed Harvester unit. The unit grinds the food scraps and digests the material to create an organic liquid fertilizer that will be sold at the PCC stores.
The pilot has been running for about two months without problems. Washington State University is testing the liquid fertilizer soil amendment properties.
Perhaps we'll see one in the Northeast soon!!
By Athena Lee Bradley