Is composting dead?

HotRot Composters

HotRot Composters

Based on the take up of our two most recent press releases, Biogas has 10 times the interest that composting does!

BioWatt has recently announced two key partnerships, essential to our rapid growth and establishment as the UK’s leading provider of technical and funding solutions to organics and agricultural industries!

The first, with Agri.Capital, to develop 50MW of biogas plants; and the second with HotRot, a leading global brand of In-Vessel Composter to take over the business development, design and delivery of HotRot plants in the UK!

What becomes apparent is that the interest has all been surrounding the entrance of such a major international player in the Biogas market but this may be in part to the forgotten efforts of the composting industries and that it’s just not got the appeal to grab the headlines it once had!

HotRot has more than 22 installations dotted around the globe, that’s about a third of the total number of AD plants in the UK currently!  Meanwhile farmers and other composters in the UK currently account for some 6 million tonnes of the organics diverted from landfill while I can’t say whether or not AD has even reached a million (excluding wastewater AD)!

And moving forward, the composting industry will continue to offer amazingly novel solutions such as composting disposal nappies, screenings from sewer wastes, carpets, oil contaminated soils – the list goes on!

The truth is that while biogas represents a truly massive opportunity to deliver a key component of our renewable power/ fuel mix and rightfully gets huge publicity focus composting still represents the more robust, simple and often effective biological process – giving it a real advantage over AD in dealing with cellulose based materials, heavily contaminated streams and even the ability to remediate organic materials.  Hence why BioWatt is investing heavily in both and for quite different reasons.

Composting may not be sexy any more but dismiss it at your peril – there is a real danger that inappropriate regulation, forgotten policies and too much focus on AD driven decision making could see a spanner thrown into the works of what is arguably the UK’s organics processing engine room.  Just imagine if all the composting sites closed on the Easter Bank Holiday… what WOULD you do without them?

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2 Responses to Is composting dead?

  1. brownbinrescue says:

    This is the new scare to composting as AD becomes more and more the norm for generating Electricity. The focus on converting especially food waste into Agricultural grade compost specifically for the Tillage farming sectorwhich is essential to sustain soil quality is under theat irn the race produce renewable
    fuels. A liquid fertiliser is also the end product but it does not have the qualities that Compost has in conditkoning and remediating the soil

    • The big problem is that it IS a liquid fertiliser but not especially good for modern farming methods which require greater level so f accuracy in terms of spreading rates to get desired results. Something which chemical fertilisers can replicate many times over with minimal calculation.

      And the fact remains that if COMPOST doesn’t go back to the soil then there is a gap in providing DOM, structure, moisture retention and aeration to the soils. Currently a requirement for Soil strategy and the race for electrical power from wet AD are at odds… Dry AD changes this dynamic somewhat by producing a conditioner as opposed to liquid fertiliser.

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