BioGreen360, a leading innovator in distributed food waste management solutions, is excited to announce it is working with the California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA) to install the BG1500 Food Waste Digester. The new technology will be piloted at CALPIA’s food enterprise at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, California. “In America alone, over 133 billion pounds of food is wasted each year. That’s almost 40% of our food supply,” said Paul Grillo, founder and CTO of BioGreen360. “At BioGreen, we have developed an innovative technology that processes food waste in an environmentally sustainable and cost-effective way. We have worked with customers in the grocery, restaurants and hospitality verticals but by working with CALPIA, we will be able to demonstrate the effectiveness of our technology for institutions while greatly reducing food waste and costs for the Mule Creek facility.”
The first BG1500 technology will be installed at Mule Creek for a six-month operational training period and inmates from CALPIA will work and receive training in the project. The BG1500 uses its patent pending digestion technology to reduce CALPIA meat plant waste and the Mule Creek kitchen food waste by up to 90%. The digester process creates an organic fertilizer amendment which will then be used in other programs within the prison system. The cost-effective technology requires no water in or out which creates a positive environmental profile.
“CALPIA’s goal is to provide inmates with valuable job skills so they never return to prison,” said CALPIA’s General Manager Charles Pattillo. “This cutting-edge technology offered by BioGreen equips offenders with training in environmental sciences and more importantly sustainability which will help them with meaningful employment when they return to their communities.”
CALPIA will evaluate and monitor the BG1500 system’s efficiency and output during the six-month pilot period and share its results with BioGreen and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.