How two companies in the agriculture and livestock sector began to recycle cotton waste
Recently, Lippel had the opportunity to serve two of the largest livestock and agriculture groups in Brazil, and assist them in expanding the reuse of waste in an environmentally and responsible manner.
Both groups work on large-scale cotton production and processing. However, the large production and processing of cotton also generates a large volume of waste, formed mainly by the cotton husk and seed, a residue that was discarded because they haven’t found a way to use it until then.
However, due to the high cost of disposal and the waste generated by throwing this material away, the groups sought Lippel to find a solution that could add value to the material and avoided waste of both material and money.
The solution offered by Lippel was the briquetting of cotton waste, but why? Briquetting adds a number of benefits in the processing of various types of organic and vegetable waste. First, briquetting reduces the volume of waste by about 80%, which, on the one hand, makes transporting the material cheaper, and on the other hand makes its handling safer, both because it is not a thermally volatile material and because it does not attract pests of animals, which easily happens in large accumulations of waste.
Another benefit of briquetting is that it produces thermally stable and high calorific briquettes, which can then be used by the company itself as a clean solid fuel for furnaces and boilers, as it can be sold and used to generate profit.
Finally, it can also be used as animal feed, depending on the residue used in the briquetting. What is the case with one of these groups. They will be using the briquettes produced as food in the livestock sector, which will generate savings in the purchase of animal feed.