Project Description

Depackaging and Recycling New England’s Food and Beverage Waste

Vanguard Renewables advanced Organics Recycling Facility depackages and processes expired goods, off-spec batches, or unsafe to eat food and beverage products. The extracted food is transported and recycled at a Massachusetts Farm Powered anaerobic digester, where it is combined with farm waste and converted into renewable energy.

Ryan Harb
  • Agawam depacking facility
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  • Capacity of 250 tons per day
  • Mega Thor and walking floor
  • Grit and plastics separation
  • Carbon filter with a capacity of 6-10 air changes per hour for the whole building
  • Fast acting doors and air curtain to prevent odors outside the building
  • Multiple holding tanks with 60,000-gallon capacity
  • Commercial-scale keg decanter

Mega THOR Turbo Separator

  • Ability to process a wide range of materials
  • No manual separation necessary for palleted waste system

  • Swing hammers prevent operational downtime and reduce maintenance costs
  • Multiple screen sizes to reduce contaminants

Sealed Walking Floor

  • Eliminates dumping material on the ground
  • Enhanced visibility for contaminant identification and separation minimizes downtime
  • Constant feed of material increases processing
  • 30 tph wet/dry system

Vanguard Renewables Organics Recycling Facility in the News

This Food Gets Converted Into Energy

As much as 40 percent of the country's food supply gets thrown out. In Massachusetts, Vanguard Renewables, its farm partners, and companies including Whole Foods are combining that food waste with manure to produce renewable energy.