Viridia 3X Margin Improvements

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These are the suggested actions to improve the Viridia 3X margins:

Friends of the Hudson River

A private - public partnership to reduce devastating environmental and health effects of grease in our water systems...both public sewers and our lakes and rivers. It would include:

  • Education and Enforcement
  • Friend of the Hudson Restaurant program...doing our part to restore the health and beauty of the Hudson River for future generations
    • Sign a agreement committing to proper care of their grease
    • Hauler takes grease to the Viridia plant and record volume and ...maybe test for % grease content (credit for that.)
    • Receive a sticker on their window /door / menu
    • Co-op they receive credit for their grease (share of Biofuel's revenue matched by haulers)
    • Work with haulers and there is a boot over the nozzle ...stop odors.
  • Certified Haulers
    • Share in the profits (shorter trips)
    • No dumping (restaurant is expecting their credit)
  • Team with Hudson River Clean-up organization
  • 3D Benefits
    • Environment - cleaner healthier rivers
    • Community...working together for a more sustainable future...connecting environmentalists, industry and government
      • Restaurants can donate their green dividend checks to Friends of the Hudson 501.c3 (see above)
    • Economic -- higher restaurant switching costs, part of something larger, stable customers, lower risks,

Reuse Wasted Heat / Energy

  • Provide heat to bacteria
  • Create a Heat Recovery Unit outbound water heats inbound grease
  • Solar Thermal panels pre heat water going into boiler or grease going into process
  • Capture and reuse heat from stack

Community - Neighborhood Relationship

  • Create a community Eco-garden demonstration center (name?) that will:
    • Education center for local schools
    • Grow native plants that are then transplanted to "green and beautify Waldwick.
      • Adopt prominent corners, main streets, or parks in downtown Waldwick
      • Select plants the smell great.
    • Have a rain garden for the water that comes off the roof of the Viridia plant w/ rain barrels
    • Put flowers at plant entrance....improved the neighborhood
    • Have a local bee keeper start a hive ... teach bee keeping... give away the honey at Christmas to neighbors
    • Optionally...locate the solar panels near the garden so it can be part of the education / demonstration.
  • Employee and Hauler (maintain while waiting) vegetable gardens
  • Reuse plant processing:
    • Use the biosolids from the process to fertilize the flowers
    • Use wasted heat from the Viridia plant to heat a greenhouse to grow plants year round that can be planted
  • Team with:
    • Local master gardeners (need volunteer hours)
    • Local state university (internship)
    • Local high school (internship)
    • Neighborhood Jr High school
  • Here's a real example that has worked for 30 years ... King County Washington

Proper Custody of the Grease

  • Only sell the grease to customers that will convert it to cleaner burning's the right thing to do.
  • Have them bring diesel fuel when then pick up #6 and fill haulers trucks when they are dumping