Kurtz Bros, Inc. received a $250,000 Market Development Grant in 2007 to purchase and install an anaerobic digester system to process fats, greases and food residuals collected from the City of Columbus, area restaurants and food wholesalers.
The aerobic digester will convert yard trimmings, food remnants and bio-solids from Columbus' wastewater treatment plant into as much as 40,000 tons of compost a year.
It would convert the compost's bio-gas into natural gas or electricity, depending on what the market demands, said Tom Kurtz, co-owner of the company.
Kurtz said the digester, which could be located at the site of the old trash-burning power plant on Jackson Pike, would create enough electricity to power 400 to 500 homes.
A related Kurtz’ company is quasar energy group. Solving waste management issues facing agricultural farmers, industrial food companies, municipal treatment plants and ethanol producers, the continuous mix, high solids anaerobic digestion technology is proven, reliable and advanced. Quasar's engineering and construction services can provide turn-key solutions to any economic or environmental waste challenge while generating sustainable, renewable resources.
In our continued effort to offer recycling capabilities, Kurtz Bros has collaborated with Kroger Foods, Ohio State University and several other generators in Central Ohio to compost food scraps at our Groveport Facility. This emerging program allows for the material which would otherwise go to the landfill to be recovered, processed and reused in our topsoil and mulch products. The key for success with this program is dependent on the generators properly source separating compostable materials from the waste stream and eliminate plastics contamination.
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