Company to generate energy in Turkey by buying organic waste from outside
A company in Turkey will generate energy by buying organic waste from outside with a license granted by the Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning for the first time.
The operations of “biomethanization”, meaning the process during which organic waste undergoes biochemical reactions to turn into biogas and fermented product, have continued at PepsiCo’s Suadiye factory in Turkey’s northwestern province of Kocaeli for more than 10 years.
In the production facility with a closed area of 26,000 square meters, a total of 24,480 tons of potatoes and 4,244 tons of corn are processed annually. By the courtesy of Organic Waste Facility, the factory has been operating with zero waste since 2012.
After the waste is utilized in energy production, the remaining waste is used to manufacture the organomineral fertilizer “Naturalis”, which is used in PepsiCo’s potato croplands. With Naturalis, the amount of chemicals used in fertilizer production is reduced by 40 percent, while the amount of chemicals that will diffuse into soil is minimized. Thus, while the goal of “zero waste” is being achieved, carbon dioxide emission arising from the process is reduced by 11.5 percent.