Large Bokashi Bran / Culture Mix Orders:
Most consumers will save substantially by ordering the 25 or 50 lbs cartons of bokashi culture mix. Farmers and Industrial Food Processors can save even more in bulk ordering. Bokashicycle offers to contract processors Ultra Concentrate mix in 10 and 25 lbs packets. These Ultra Concentrate Packets allow the industrial scale operator to produce tons of culture mix on site using wheat bran obtained locally mixed with the ultra concentrate. Licensed facilities can reduce their consumable cost in processing food waste to approximately $10 per ton.
Commercial and Industrial users of the bokashi culture mix may take advantage of bulk discounting on larger orders (see the table below). Cost estimates of processing for yard waste and food waste are as shown.
Bokashicycle culture mix is a proprietary formulated culture mix designed to rapidly degrade and metabolize all organic waste material including leaves, grass, weeds, shredded chips food waste, cull vegetable and fruit. Meat and dairy products may be included in the food waste being processed.
A proprietary accelerant (liquid spray) is used with the bokashi culture mix to process yard waste materials (grass, leaves, weeds and wood chips). No accelerant is required in the processing of food waste (meats, vegetables, fruits, dairy products and cereals).
The process involves an acidic anaerobic fermentation step with attention to detail. Oxygen must be excluded to adequately degrade waste material. It is a two step process involving first the fermentation step that takes 7 – 10 days and then a mixing of the fermented product with soil to allow the soil microbes to rapidly finish off the processing of waste material.
The entire conversion of waste to soil will rarely take more than 30 days although the process may be slowed when the temperature is below 10 C requiring a somewhat longer period to finish off the process. Generally speaking this process is 10 times faster than composting, far less expensive and unlike composting does not produce the volume of greenhouse gases and other noxious odors associated with composting. No methane is ever produced in the bokashi fermentation process.
In small scale operations of less than 10 tons per month, 55 gallon fermenters are used to properly treat the waste material (see Commercial and Industrial Fermenters). In larger scale operations, 20 cubic yard luggers or cement bays with appropriate covers are used to process waste which is after fermentation mixed with soil to complete the conversion of waste to soil.
We recommend shredding of organic waste before processing to obtain the finest and most efficient processing in the larger scale industrial and commercial operations.
When the culture mix is added to organic waste and allowed to ferment under anaerobic conditions no heat nor appreciable gases are released and the mixing and processing of waste is exceptionally easy and scalable.
A great advantage aside from the low cost of processing is the little work involved in converting waste to soil. Vermin and insects are not attracted to the process and noxious and offensive odors are eliminated.
Fruits and vegetables are very rapidly metabolized and plant managers at food processing plants that have a need to get rid of cull materials should consider processing the culls by this method.
Municipalities with an interest in more efficiently processing of park and garden litter including leaves and other garden debris can easily implement this process. This process is a truly sustainable and carbon dioxide reducing strategy that puts virtually 100 % of the waste material to work in the soil.
With composting approximately 50% of the waste material is oxidized and liberated in the form of carbon dioxide. This results in very measurable increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide. The bokashi fermenting of organic waste material is a non-contributor to global warming.
Bokashicycle NVC LLC consultants are prepared to assist Commercial and Industrial Clients with an interest in using the acidic anaerobic fermentation process to solve their problems in the handling of organic waste materials. Call toll free 800.714.2130 or email [email protected].