First, let me give you a head start on what is organic waste? Organic waste is any waste that is biodegradable, meaning any waste that can further break down into different molecules like carbon dioxide, water, methane, or other simpler molecules by other micro-organisms.


It can come from either come from plants or animals or humans even. Sounds like organic waste can be used? Yup, that’s right. And that is exactly what Kroger is doing. By now I guess we have understood that Kroger is not a game planner, it is the game ITSELF!

Ways to produce less waste

One of the ways to produce less waste is to produce waste but rather than letting it go, we re-cycle or re-use it. I guess I say it on the behalf of everybody that WASTE IS BAD. No matter where you look, you can see so many “unsold goods”, “plastic bags”, “garbage”, “papers” and so many other things like this just lying around which could be put to such good use. All these so-called goods that are wasted just because they are “out-dated” or “old-fashioned” which would then are replaced by goods which in the future would be the same, I guess its time WE STOP! One might wonder where does human waste goes? Well, human waste can be used as a fertilizer or in other words be recycled or re-used.

Kroger’s initiative to use human waste

Kroger has always been the first whenever it came to helping its environment. Because let us be real, the environment needs our most help. They announced this earlier week of September that they would turn organic waste into organic electricity to power a corporate a campus in Compton, Calif.


It is easy for humans to make changes around themselves rather than making changes in themselves. So rather than making a change in producing the amount of waste we were producing, we didn’t stop producing it, we just put it to good use. We started making biodegradable and compostable products.

 FEED and Kroger started working together to put all the organic waste to good use. The idea actually was that FEED and Kroger would partner to make their very own anaerobic digester that would be located on Ralph’s campus, one of the very first of them to be introduced in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

Here’s how it works nowadays if you want any information

  1. Ralphs packages all the unsold organics into a bin. The store associates fill the bin and place them back on a returned trailer. Then the bins are off-loaded and are bought to the digester.
  2. A pre-processor liquefies the bin, turning all the substance into a smoothie-like texture. (You sure don’t want to drink that.)
  3. The smoothie is then fed to the bowels with Ralphs’s creamery.
  4. All the microbial flatulence builds up and bubbles of methane and carbon dioxide pop on the top.
  5. The gas from that is then collected and compressed.
  6. Then they are pushed through energy turbines.
  7. That energy is then put back into the grid.

It is really crazy how science works but it has always been helpful for human beings. Let us just hope that people realize the importance of waste, if not then they stop producing waste at such large rates BEFORE ITS TOO LATE. Kroger has made such progress with this waste and I hope other companies start thinking big too.

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