VeriGreen Director Martin Heathcote was interviewed by Fresh Produce Journal earlier this month on how British companies can achieve zero-to-landfill targets. The interview, conducted by Fred Searle of Fresh Produce Journal as part of their Sustainability Special, focused on how VeriGreen can help fruit and vegetable growers minimise their environmental impact and reap the benefits of biofertiliser.
How does VeriGreen make the most of food waste from fruit and vegetable producers?
At VeriGreen, we maximise the potential of our clients’ food waste and help them minimise the environmental impact of their business.
We do this by picking up their produce and food waste directly from their premises with our dedicated fleet. We transport all food waste to a local anaerobic digestion (AD) plant where it is used to create green energy, heat and nutrient rich biofertiliser to be applied directly back onto the soil for enhanced crop health. Thereby closing the loop, sending zero to landfill and reducing carbon emissions.
Managing food waste through anaerobic digestion helps us progress towards a circular economy by creating energy, heat and biofertiliser from something regarded by many as
We work with a variety of sectors including fruit and vegetable growers, farms, packing plants, hospitality, local authorities, restaurants, logistics companies, food production plants, supermarkets, waste collectors and ports.
Anaerobic digestion enables our clients to achieve zero to landfill status for their organic waste. At an AD plant, the ‘green’ gas generated is used to make electricity, or is injected into the gas grid network. It can also be stored for use as bottle or transport fuel. The green energy we produce helps reduce the UK’s reliance on imported gas and electricity, and our clients can drastically reduce their carbon footprint as well as their food waste disposal costs in many cases.
A Comprehensive Solution
Zero to landfill is a challenge for many businesses including fresh produce companies. We realise that organic waste is only one of the waste streams generated by these businesses. VeriGreen is part of Heathcote Holdings, a group of complementary businesses which embrace the circular economy and transform zero to landfill from dream into reality.
This is done by processing organic waste at AD plants or compost sites and directly recycling other waste materials such as wood, cardboard and plastics. Those materials that cannot be recycled are incinerated to generate energy from waste.