UA-CEA Faculty and Students Devise a Food Waste-to-Fertilizer Converter Machine

One of the best innovations of mankind in managing organic waste is turning it into a viable and reusable resource. Over the years, we have developed different techniques and technologies to improve these innovations to make sure it meets current demands.

A team of faculty and students from the College of Engineering and Architecture recently developed a new technology that innovates the traditional composting method to produce organic fertilizers. Through series of machine automations, the project design has drastically improved the production timeline of organic fertilizers from six months to just four hours. The project timeline was initially pegged at six months but due to the lockdown challenges in 2020 brought about by the global pandemic, the team took a little more than a year in completing the project.

The Food Waste-to-Fertilizer Converter Machine is primarily aimed to support the University of the Assumption Eco Farm’s for it to become self-sufficient especially on fertilizer supply. It is the hope of the developers that this project can become an income generating venture for the farm as well.

The project was initially presented to the staff members of the Eco Farm along with the Community Extension Office Head, Sr. Marissa Figueroa. The developers were able to present the project and initially teach them of the basic operations of the machine.

On March 3, 2021, Project Team Lead Engr. Katrina Abad, Engr. Arvee Domingo, and Mr. Harold Trinidad presented the final output to the University Executive Committee. The project was well accepted and applauded by the member of the ExCom recognizing its great impact not only in the University’s Eco-Farm but to other communities as well. It has been suggested during the meeting to continue to study the commercialization of the project making it available to other communities.

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