November 28, 2012


Company Disposes of Waste Fish Using Bio_Digester Machine

November 28, 2012, Pearl, Illinois.  Big River Fish Corporation (BRF) has acquired a Liquid Food Composter (LFC) machine from Power Knot, LLC to digest waste fish on site rather than sending it toa landfill.  The LFC is a biological high technology digester that is totally green and saves the mess, cost, and inconvenience of dumping the waste in a landfill.  The LFC reduces the carbon footprint of the company by over 800,000 lbs. (400 tons) of CO2 per year and has a payback of less than two years.

This video is a testimonial from a customer who processes Asian carp in Illinois.  Using the LFC helped minimize the amount of fish waste that needed to be hauled off to a landfill.

BRF is located a few miles from both the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.  The company processes Asian carp, caught in the two watercourses and sold in the USA  and China.  Although many shipments from BRF comprise whole fish, much of the catch is processed at he facility.  This processing removes the fillets, which are sold, and leaves the head, the entrails. Wasted is also generated if fish is not processed before spoiling.  BRF typically produces 700-900 lbs. of waste per day.

Asian Carp can grow up to 5 ft. (1.5 m) and weigh up to 125 lb.

Disposing of this waste has been increasingly problematic for the company.  The waste cannot be left for weekly collection, as it creates an awful smell.  Instead, it had to be taken, daily, to Pike County Landfill, 35 miles away.

Rick Smith, the owner of Big River Fish, estimated the average cost of waste disposal to be $75 per day, and were likely to continue to rise.  Rick wanted a more cost-effective solution and chose to use an LFC 200 from Power Knot to digest the waste fish and send the output down the drain.

The LFC is a totally green biological, high-technology, fermenting machine that uses microorganisms to digest food waste.  The LFC-200 has a rated capacity of 440-800 lbs. per day.  It digests about 400 lbs. of waste fish in less than eight hours, which means it is capable of keeping up with production at the facility.

"I was just amazed when we first got the machine.  We put 400 lbs. of fish in at the end of the first and I found it hard to believe that it was all gone in the morning." -Rick Smith

Instead of loading waste fish into the back of a pickup truck, the staff at BRF put it into the machine every 30 minutes.  This more convenient and less messy for them than driving waste to the landfill.

"The staff has an easier time now that the machine is installed.  The LFC has helped our operation become cleaner as well as saving the environment.  We have had no problems with the machine and we are always pleased that there are no smell from the machine." 

-Rick Smith

Prior to getting the LFC-200, BFR was paying over $19k per year to dispose of waste fish:

Breakdow of costs for disposal of waste fish prior to installing LFC-200 from Power Knot.

With the acquisition of the LFC-200, those cost of disposal are gone.  The payback on the machine is under two years.

About Big River Fish Corporation

Big River Fish (BFR) was founded in 1999, in Pearl, Illinois and is one of the largest processors of Asian Carp in the United States.  The fish is sold whole, filleted, smoked, or dried.  Much of the whole fish and/or filleted fish is exported to China.  The smoked and dried fish is produced for various ethnic groups.

BRF is building a new 200k feet facility near the existing plant.  This will allow the company to process five tons (10,000 lb) of fish per day.  You can read an article about the facility here.