Field tests on the potential of pelleted grocery fruit and vegetable waste as fertilizer and animal feed

Christine Landry, researcher

Christine Landry

Researcher

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Description

The purpose of this project was to field-test pelleted grocery fruit and vegetable waste as a fertilizer or high-carbon soil amendment. The project also tested the pellets as a pig feed ingredient. The waste was collected from grocery stores in the area. IRDA was responsible for treating and pelleting the waste.

Objective(s)

  • Evaluate the following characteristics of the pelleted grocery fruit and vegetable waste:
    • Physical and chemical characteristics after crushing, pressing, and pelleting operations
    • Value of the pellets as nitrogen and potassium fertilizer
    • Value of the pellets as a high-carbon soil amendment and microbial stimulant
    • Value as an ingredient in pig feed

From 2016 to 2017

Project duration

Waste conversion

Service

This work will help identify potential agricultural applications for produce discarded by grocers.

Partners

IGA Buteau et Fils | IGA des Sources | Metro Saint-Augustin | Metro Donnacona | Metro Richelieu

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