For over 6 months we have analyzed the composition of household trash. We have found that 60% of it is organic waste: food leftovers, expired products and other organic particles.
When disposed of into one waste bin, organic waste contaminates other fractions - glass, plastic, metal, paper, and makes them unfit for further recycling.
At the same time, urban residents don’t have many options to safely dispose of organic waste. In most countries, there is no centralized collection of food waste. Organics can be composted, but this method is of little use in cities. Food waste grinders are also not universally available due to the high cost of equipment.
As a result, most organic waste, and with it - contaminated valuable fractions, end up in landfills. There, it slowly decomposes, releasing methane into the atmosphere, a greenhouse gas causing global climate change.
Why it matters
We rely on biotechnology: organic waste recycling with the help of a biological species.
We use the larvae of Black Soldier Fly (BSF). They consume organic waste and recycle it into humus, a natural fertilizer.
Black Soldier Fly is incredibly efficient: in just 14 days, 5 kg of young larvae can recycle up to 100 kg of organic waste. As a result, we get 25 kg of nutrient fertilizer and 20 kg of adult larvae, which can be used for further breeding.
In addition, bred on quality feed, BSF larvae can be used as an alternative source of protein and nutritional supplement for livestock and even humans.
Our specialists create optimal breeding conditions in the insectarium: high humidity and abundant lighting. Flies lay eggs, which after about 4 days incubate into larvae.
During the larvae stage, the larvae feed on food waste mixed with compound feed. Depending on the conditions, after 14-36 days the larvae enter the pupal stage. During this time, the larvae manage to recycle the amount of organic waste 20 times higher than their original weight.
As soon as the larvae turn into pupae, the substrate, consisting of their metabolic byproducts, is separated from the larvae. The substrate becomes a natural fertilizer, while the larvae soon become flies and the cycle of organic waste recycling can start anew.
What we have achieved so far
Optimized methods of quality control of the insect, its microbiological and physico-chemical indicators.
Developed and launched our own experiments on larvae breeding, testing various types of compound feed, temperature and lighting conditions.
Conducted research on microbiological safety of the larvae.
Accomplished 14 cycles of larvae breeding.