Organic waste is another common problem many countries in the world are struggling to solve. According to the World Bank, global organic waste will reach one billion tons by 2025. This waste will make up around 46% of the total waste produced. The global cost of disposing of organic waste was $94 billion in 2010 and is projected to increase to $172 billion by 2025.
Landfills are not the best disposal option for this type of waste, especially because food waste is broken down into methane, which is a greenhouse gas (GHG) known to be 23 times stronger than carbon dioxide. Moreover, many landfill sites, especially those in poor countries, are poorly managed, creating toxic leachates that poison the soil and water underneath. The situation is not better in many developed countries. In the US, 40% of the food supply is uneaten and thrown away.
3WM® owns modern advanced technologies designed to transform organic waste into a biomass substrate to be used by our biogas plants to produce energy.