Eco Contributions

Overview

The Eco Contributions report shows a detailed analysis of environmental conservation statistics derived from using the Eco-Safe Digester rather than dumping your organic waste into a Landfill.  

Using the Eco-Safe Digester® gets rid of the waste locally, preventing the need to burn fossil fuels to transport your waste to a landfill.   The aerobic digestion process has a much lower carbon-emissions footprint over the greenhouse gasses emitted from a landfill.   This report shows your contributions to the environment.

Standard Reporting Controls

The very top of the report shows the reporting controls that can be used on this report:

The reporting options include:

  • Time - Use the Time drop-down selection to choose your reporting time window.  Examples include:  This Month, This Year.
  • Location - Use the Location drop-down selection to choose your location (or roll-ed up locations) to report.  For more information about how locations work in BioHitech Cloud, please see Location Management.

Diversion Highlights

Next, Diversion Highlights are displayed:

These highlights include:

  • Waste Diverted - This is the amount of waste placed into the Eco-Safe Digesters for the selected Location(s), Time Period, and Categories.
  • MT Carbon Equiv - The number of equivalent Metric Tons of Carbon (MTCE) saved by diverting the waste from a landfill by using the Eco-Digester. Many of the calculations are derived directly from the MTCE or MTCO2 numbers. 
  • MT Co2 Equiv - The number of equivalent Metric Tons Carbon Dioxide Equivalents (MTCO2) saved by diverting the waste from a landfill by using the Eco-Digester. Many of the calculations are derived directly from the MTCE or MTCO2 numbers.
  • Net New Water - Denotes the new water created from the Aerobic Digestion process and immediately contributed to the water system.  This number is calculated on the assumption that 70% of organic food waste is comprised of water.

These metrics are derived from the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Waste Reduction Model calculator.

Clicking on the green (info) icon will display detailed information about each metric:


Equivalencies

The next section uses the MTCO2 and MTCE metrics and expresses these gas reductions in terms of equivalncies.  These equivalencies are driven from the EPA's Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator.

These equivalencies include:

  • Acres of US ForecastDenotes the number of acres of forests in the United States which would sequester an equivalent amount of greenhouse gases over one year.
  • Barrels of Oil - Denotes the number of barrels of crude oil which generate an equivalent amount of greenhouse gases when consumed.
  • Gasoline - Denotes the amount of gasoline which would generate an equivalent amount of greenhouse gas when consumed by a conventional motor.
  • Home Electricity Use - Denotes the number of homes in the United States which generate an equivalent amount of greenhouse gases for one year for their entire electricity use.
  • Passenger Vehicles - Denotes number of passenger vehicles that generate an equivalent amount of greenhouse gas over the period of 1 year.
  • Tree Seedlings - Denotes the number of tree seedlings grown for 10 years which would sequester an equivalent amount of greenhouse gases.

Next to each equivalency, is an interesting "Did You Know?" statistic that expresses each equivalency in an interesting way.   These statistics were chosen by BioHitech America, but the source for each statistic can be seen in the online help by clicking the (info) information icon next to each metric:


Note:  Clicking the green Show Less or Show More link at the top of the Equivalencies section can be used to hide or show the blue "Did You Know?" statistics.


Details

Finally, the all environmental impact metrics are displayed, by location, at the bottom of the report in a tabular format: