Greenbelt installs food waste bioethanol system in Indonesia

By Staff Report | August 11, 2017

Greenbelt Resources Corp. expects its waste-to-ethanol system to save Indonesia as much as $600 million in food industry waste handling.

Greenbelt launched its ECOsystem project April 27 at Jababeka Infrastruktur, the first installation of the system in Indonesia. The system recycles food waste and converts it into bioproducts including bioethanol, protein, fertilizer or drinking water. Greenbelt has installed ECOsystem in New South Wales, Australia, and is looking to develop in the southeast U.S.

“The food waste that is naturally unavoidable, especially in agriculture and the food processing industry, Greenbelt’s technology can turn waste expense into new economic value streams, potential even high-value protein suitable for humans,” said Darren Eng, Greenbelt CEO, in a statement. “It’s tragic in our world where so many face starvation that food waste has become such a huge problem.”

According to an article in The Economic Times, food loss and waste amounts to $940 billion, more than the country’s entire gross domestic product.