POWER - Accomplished
In 2009 POWER – Perishable Organics Waste to Energy Recycling – was formed to address the emerging technologies for commercial food waste destinations. Founded within the Green Foodservice Alliance, POWER moved to Ei upon incorporation in February 2010 .
Industry leaders traveled from across the nation to engage in the formation of an emerging industry. Presentations ran the gamut from windrow | aerated-static pile composting, anaerobic digestion, plasma, soldier flies to bio-char programs for commercial food waste destinations. In addition, complementary industry topics were discussed as well as addressing end markets and related economic viability.
The final POWER meeting was hosted in April 2011. As the food waste destination industry matured, the POWER meetings served as a platform to catapult an emerging industry into an established industry. Mission Accomplished!
Below is the original POWER website page copy including the formal mission statement.Collaboration is one of the keys to Elemental Impact’s success. Our Strategic Partners contribute their expertise and industry connections to maximize the impact of Ei initiatives.
POWER Mission: To explore and evaluate the highest good collection, recycling and use of perishable organics and make recommendations for deployment of economically viable projects within a defined geographic region.
POWER meetings include presentations by industry experts on options for use of perishable organics, collection systems available and challenges faced in current projects.
Lively dialogue among participants is encouraged for maximum exploration and collaborative efforts. POWER members include professionals from government, non-profits, trade associations, universities, research institutes and private enterprise.
Roadblocks to creating economically viable ventures include:
- Availability of permitted facilities for perishable organic composting and other options.
- Collection system infrastructure.
- Feedstock contamination at the source, whether consumer or commercial.
The roadblocks are addressed at meetings along with emerging technology and solutions for diverting perishable organics from landfills.
POWER meets twice per year to report the action taken by the POWER Steering Committee along with new technologies available for perishable organics.
POWER meeting agendas, participants, notes and presentations are available for download in the below annual meeting listing.