Sunday, March 11, 2012

Biogas from Anaerobic Digestion Can Help Save Our Planet So Help Us Spread the Word

Our Angry Dragon cartoon below is intended to be funny and provokes thought about why biogas from anaerobic digestion can help save our planet. Please, as most of you are knowledgeable subscribers to this blog, help us to spread the word by sharing this cartoon with social media web sites, and also if possible placing this cartoon on any web sites you control.


Why are we keen right now WITH YOUR HELP to use the power of sharing on the web to publicise Anaerobic Digestion?

The reason is that worldwide the idea of Anaerobic Digestion needs to be spread quickly, and this need for a public appreciation of AD is accelerating as separate food waste collection with AD and biogas production is becoming much more common.

This is a particularly vital time for understanding leading to informed public support for AD in the UK.

We are a United Kingdom based blog at The Anaerobic Digestion Community Blogspot Blog, and for us there is a great opportunity to increase the uptake of separate food waste collection, plus treatment of this waste by AD and Biogas production. It comes in the form of a planned £250 million government subsidy for improved waste collection up for grabs by those local authorities whose residents that have been experiencing difficulties due to the introduction of mixed (black bag) waste collections. These are often inner city boroughs with many multi-storey flats with rubbish chutes and ground floor waste storage ill-equipped to store putrescible wastes for a fortnight.

At the same time the UK coalition government has announced its strongest ever political support for AD as an important contributor to the UK’s mix of renewable energy sources. These sources must be developed fast if there is to be compliance with EU and climate change carbon emissions reduction commitments already made by the UK, and many other nations. (Source: DEFRA Anaerobic Digestion Action Plan, 2012)

So, this is a great opportunity for increasing separate food waste collections which generate a type of organic waste which is highly productive in biogas output, when anaerobically digested.

To quote Michael Chesshire - Director, Greenfinch Biocycle

"If you give householders the wherewithal to recycle they do it diligently. For example, kitchen waste can be recycled very effectively if householders are given a combination of a kitchen caddy, a roll of corn-starch bags and a small kerbside container for weekly collection. Then alternate weekly collections of other materials become reasonable. We can then process it to produce biogas and biofertiliser, generating renewable electricity and heat and returning valuable nutrients and organic matter to the soil for the next round of crops."

(Source: CIWM, New Technologies Matter Conference, 2007)


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