Bioenergy DevCo (BDC), a leading developer of anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities has entered into a 20-year partnership with Perdue Farms, a major poultry processing company in the US. Perdue Farms will supply organic material from its processing facilities to BDC, which will buy and manage the Perdue AgriRecycle organic soil composting facility in Delaware, US.
The AgriRecycle facility has the capacity to compost 30,000 tonnes of poultry processing and hatchery byproducts from its poultry operations, as well as poultry litter from farms in the area. Under the terms of the agreement, BDC will purchase the composting facility and operate it while working within the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and Sussex County permits process to construct an anaerobic digester at the site. The AD process will convert the poultry processing waste into biogas and organic soil amendment.
Randy Day, CEO of Perdue Farms, said: "Our commitment to environmental stewardship is stronger than ever. We see this partnership as an opportunity to further expand on work we've done so far. With Bioenergy, we have found a partner that enables us to be more sustainable, create cost savings and help produce renewable energy while continuing to address soil health and nutrient management in the environmentally-sensitive Chesapeake Bay watershed."
"We believe the relationship between Perdue and BDC offers a large-scale opportunity to create a truly consistent source of clean, renewable natural gas in a sustainable way that will benefit the industry and the environment for years to come," added BDC's Shawn Kreloff.
"The ability to finance, design, build and operate a facility like AgriRecycle that includes both AD and compost options for managing organic material makes BDC an essential asset not only to Perdue but the poultry industry and the communities on Delmarva where it does business."