Vancouver, British Columbia – Micron Waste Technologies Inc. has expanded its collaboration with BC Research Inc. (BCRI) to facilitate rapid commercialization of the company’s second-generation food waste processing system.
The new Organivore 2.0, designed for on-site waste processing for commercial producers of food waste, including supermarkets and food processors, producers and distributors, will combine new innovations developed for the Cannavore system, which Micron and BCRI purpose-built for the cannabis industry.
The companies expect the Organivore 2.0 to be ready for market in the second half of this year.
“The Organivore will target, in particular, the significant segment of the food industry that has challenges with compliant, sustainable and cost-effective management of food waste, including restaurants, hotels, cruise ships, food processers and hospitals,” said Alfred Wong, president and CEO of Micron.
“We will initially prioritize the treatment of specialized waste, which has more contaminants. Specialized waste is more highly-regulated and offers high-margin opportunities for Micron. Conventional methods of treatment are under increasing government and regulatory scrutiny, putting pressure on waste producers to find cleaner and more efficient management strategies.”
The Organivore will utilize a unique blend of microbes and enzymes specifically designed for organic waste, including waste generated by the beer, wine and spirits industries, which is one of many sectors that has expressed interest in Micron’s patented bio-process for effluent treatment. The Organivore, which extracts and purifies water from waste, will allow clients to reduce waste management costs incurred by: landfill tipping fees, hauling costs and water permits and/or fines for exceeding municipal effluent discharge standards.
“BC Research is excited to be a part of the team rolling out Micron’s technology to a large and growing market and are very impressed with the executive team’s forward vision,” said James Lockhart, BCRI vice-president and chief technology officer.
“Dr. Bob Bhushan has developed very timely innovations that promise to simultaneously reduce facility operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions associated with trucking and methane generation from landfilling.”
In the expanded collaboration agreement, as with the previous cannabis waste technologies collaboration agreement announced in February 2018, Micron retains all intellectual property rights to systems and processes developed.
“Our prototype Organivore has already been successfully tested under commercial conditions. The next step is to make the system turnkey for customers,” said Bhushan. “We have worked closely with BCRI on the Cannavore and know they can hit the ground running and compress our timelines to install next-gen bio-processing, upgraded computer systems, safety systems, customized housing, temperature controls and automation.”