WHY ANAEROBIC DIGESTION?
The Delmarva Peninsula and Sussex County residents have faced many challenges from organics management. Anaerobic digestion provides a much-needed alternative to land application and landfilling of organic materials. Traditionally, much of this material has been spread on farmland. The long-term environmental and community effects of this practice, however, make it necessary to explore new methods.
BENEFITS FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
Safe water quality
BDC’s fully enclosed anaerobic digesters eliminate the groundwater pollution often caused by excessive land application and landfill operations, minimizing runoff that can poison ecosystems and cause significant human health problems. The facility does not require fresh water to process materials.
An alternative to land application
Residents of Sussex County are well familiar with the unpleasant, pervasive smell associated with land application. Instead of those materials being spread or sprayed on, injected into, farm soil, they will be taken to the Bioenergy Innovation Center and recycled in an enclosed system.
The Bioenergy Innovation Center will expand its workforce. In addition to the equipment operators, floor operators, mechanics, and administrative staff employed there now, we will hire environmental technicians and microbiologists once the work is expanded.