Pepsico recycles snack food waste into energy and fertilizer

Pepsico recycles snack food waste into energy and fertilizer
十一月 30, 2013
As part of the zero-waste commitment for its manufacturing operation, PepsiCo's agriculture team in Turkey invested in anaerobic digestion technology several years ago to handle the organic waste created there.

It is fed by a mixture of potato peels, corn kernels and other ingredients used in the company's snack foods.

Today, the biogas generated by that equipment covers approximately 35 percent of the electricity needed to run its two Frito-Lay snack food plants there.

What's more, PepsiCo figured out a way to turn the nutrient-rich digestate created during the process into a more environmentally friendly fertilizer, which it is now supplying to its more than 350 contract farmers in the country. The idea was a collaboration between the manufacturing team, which was trying to find a better way to dispose of the biodigester waste, and PepsiCo agricultural advisors, who were trying to reduce the negative impact of soil additives used to grow potatoes.

"As the team was thinking about what to do with the sludge, another team was looking for new fertilizer approaches that were more sustainable,"said Ece Aksel, general manager of PepsiCo Turkey. "Together, they found this process."
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