The Food Bank Dayton CASE STUDY

In-Vessel Composting

Operator: The Food Bank
Location: Dayton, OH
Feedstock: Food Waste & Green Waste
Capacity: 208 T/year
Year Installed: 2019
Project Components:
  • Tote Tipper
  • Moisture Addition System
  • Custom Drainage Floor
  • 20’ Intermodal Earth Flow
  • Automatic Mixing & Aeration

Client’s Requirements

The Foodbank, Inc., based in Dayton, Ohio, is a vital contributor to community welfare, managing around 80 to 100 tons of spoilage yearly. Their urban location and adjacent neighbors presented unique challenges for on-site composting. However, their commitment to sustainability and a thriving urban garden yielding 8,000 lbs of produce annually drove them to seek a waste management solution.

Our Solution

Following extensive research and site visits, The Foodbank, Inc. adopted the 20’ Earth Flow in-vessel composter from GMT, capable of processing 1,200 lbs of daily feedstock, including food waste, while effectively controlling odors and pests. With grants from the Ohio EPA covering around 70% of the costs, supplemented by the Kroger Zero Hunger Zero Waste Foundation and private funds, the composting program commenced successfully in November 2019. The Food Bank involves the community through a bucket exchange program and uses the resulting compost in their urban garden. Future plans include wider distribution to community gardens and urban farms, reflecting their holistic commitment to community well-being and sustainability.

“My biggest concern when we were considering composting on-site was contamination from the packaging, and how to efficiently remove it,” notes Hoffer. “We rely heavily on volunteers — we have about 7,000 to 10,000 annually — and they were tasked with the separation. As it turns out, that is the most popular and fun volunteer activity, in part because they know that although they were not able to help get this food to people, the compost is used to grow more food.”

- BioCycle Magazine, “Composting Closes the Loop at Food Bank”

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