CSR+ Urban Organic Recycling Project
Fresh City Farms
Environmental Property Innovation Corp (EPIC)
The CSR+ Urban Organic Recycling Project is a process that returns what we now call organic waste back to the soil. Currently most organic waste is eliminated rather than recycled into a highly effective soil amendment. The elimination is by landfill or incineration in what is commonly known as waste to energy processes. Some is composted but in Toronto most of the compost facilities are many miles away as far as the Quebec border and Boston Mass. Nature intends for organic waste to be returned to the soil in some manner to increase the soil fertility and thereby continue the process of providing high quality food supply. Organic discards are NOT in fact waste but rather an asset. Much like the introduction of the blue box many years ago focused on the value of things we were discarding, a renewed focus now needs to be generated as it relates to organics. The CSR+ system is fully scalable and can process organics at the point of waste creation or very near to that point. The need to transport organic waste is therefore eliminated reducing the carbon foot print. The output, worm castings is a highly effective soil amendment that can then be used close to where it was created in either urban farming enterprises or in neighbouring farming communities. The entire focus is to process organic waste close to the point of creation and use the output close to the point of production.
CSR+ Vermicast Industries has worked closely with engineering, science specialist and the end user to create a unit that is very user friendly and requiring minimal client intervention.
The CSR+ organic recycling processes are multi stage within a sealed unit. Any organics requiring recycling are deposited into a hopper at ground level. When the hopper is full, the organics are chopped and elevated for deposit into the top of the WormWorks unit. The chopped biomass is analyzed by an on board data collection system to ensure all the correct parameters are met for the process to perform properly. The collected data is wirelessly uplinked so the CSR+'s science support staff can monitor the unit for correct operation. Outside monitoring means all technical aspects are maintained to ensure an optimum and health environment for the worms. Additionally due to the design, the system will not require users to be "worm farmers" and the installation of a WormWorks system will streamline labor at the customers site. If any data is not correct a quick call from the monitoring station to the customer can correct an issue. Gradually the biomass is transformed into a suitable worm food. The worms then participate to stabilize the biomass, their excretion being worm castings. The biomass moves from top to bottom with castings discharging through a harvest system. The system is totally self contained maintaining the biomass in an aerobic state resulting in no offensive odours. The units are also infestation and vermin proof. The unit is fully insulated and could operate outside. The standard unit to handled 2000 kg of organics per week is 4 feet high, and 5 foot square requiring a small footprint. The unit is manufactured using the finest corrosive resistant material ensure 15 year life. The air control system and irrigation systems uses minimal power and can operate using the electrical mains or by solar panels. The WormWorks unit is available and export ready.
From a GHG perspective, the actual worst case scenario is displacing organic waste already
going to composters.. A strong qualitative case can be made for GHG emission reductions from CSR+ Vermicast’s product compared to regular
composting. The following are some key advantages of CSR+ Vermicast’s product over composting:
1. Displacement of Nitrogen based fertilizers
2. Decreased water use for agricultural application (5-10x reduction over traditional
3. Less transportation
4. More anaerobic digestion occurs in traditional composters compared to Vermicast’s
product (anaerobic digestion creates significantly more methane than aerobic digestion)
John Ashbee, Founder, has held management positions with several private and public companies, most recently, reWorks Inc. John has for a number of years been involved in promoting start-up ventures employing vermicasting technology. He is active in promoting corporate sustainability with a particular emphasis on supporting sustainable agricultural production. After a career that has taken him to the UK, Australia, South Africa, and the US, Mr. Ashbee brings extensive knowledge of soil amendments distribution, marketing, and the capital markets to CSRplus. John graduated from Ryerson University as a Mechanical Technologist with an Aeronautic specialty. John extends his commitment to the environmental awareness by lecturing at the high school level and most recently at Trent University in Peterborough
Thomas Christiansen, Vice President Business Development brings to the company 20 years of sales and marketing experience with a focus in the food service industry. Thomas is a competitive leader, experienced in management, inspiration and development of a national sales team. He is experienced in procurement of profitable business, senior level account penetration and client retention. Past experience has been in the creation of Area Development networks with franchising. Thomas is a graduate of Seneca College with a 3 year diploma in International Business.
Arunav Misra, Vice President, Sciences and Technology has 15 years of continuous advancement and expertise in waste management technical applications, products, R&D engineering with experience in both anerobic and aerobic digestion processes. Arunav was recognized as Innovator of India in 2007 by DSIR, Government of India, for research and development of Worm Compost to treat Medical Waste. He received the 2009 National Udyog Ratna Award & Certificate of Excellence with Gold Medal from the Economic Growth Society of India and was nominated for the Millennium Excellence Award for Quality with Gold Medal in 2009. Arunav has a Masters Degree in Engineering with specialty in Public Health Engineering.
Frank Shields, Soil Specialist. Scientific and Quality Control Officer. Frank Shields brings over 30 years of professionally recognized soil science expertise to CSRplus Vermicast Industries Inc. He has made significant and extensive contributions to the field of compost testing, and has an extensive background in the testing of agricultural soils, potting mixes, drinking water, irrigation water and waste waters. Frank has made significant contributions to the standards established by the US Council on Composting and in 2004 he was awarded the Rufus Chaney award for his continued display of excellence in compost research.
Venkataswamy Reddy MSc (Agri), PGDRDM, Scientific and Quality Control Officer. Mr. Reddy has 13 years experience in the agricultural field of production, process management and cultivation with a focus on organic production and pest management. His background with several institutions in India combined with his formal education, Master in Science in Agriculture with a nutrient focus, provides a dynamic scientific dimension to the organization.
We have completed the financial modeling which indicates positive cash flow within the first 12 months. This is guaranteed by organic waste contracts which have been completed. This guaranteed source of raw inbound material assures profitability within the 12 month period. The process is scalable so larger volumes of organics can be processed by the addition of additional processing lines. In conjunction with the company operating a larger organic recycling program we intent marketing our on-site organic digester across Canada and the USA through our network of sales representatives.
The company offers three purchase packages, outright sale, lease to own and rental. We also offer a worm castings buy back plan for those clients who do not have an inhouse use or market for the worm castings.