Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2023
AUTHOR: Team Viably

CUSTOMER STORY: Fraser Valley Renewables

Fraser Valley Renewables has experienced remarkable growth and success with the implementation of its fleet of Komtpech machines. These innovative solutions have allowed the business to expand operations to multiple sites and diversify the range of feedstocks accepted and effectively processed.

Growing up in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Matthew Malkin was immersed in agriculture. He learned to understand the connection between the work being done on farms and the land in which they were located. Matthew always loved the land, playing in crop fields and watching his father work as a dairy farmer. As he grew older, Matthew knew he wanted to follow in his father’s agricultural footsteps. However, he wanted to do more than just dairy production and find a new way to make income from his family’s land.

When his father passed away, Matthew stepped into his role as patriarch and launched Fraser Valley Renewables. Matthew had been asked by a local hauler if he wanted to (and said he would pay him to) take apple cores and other organic waste off his hands. Unsure what to do with this waste, Matthew did a little research and decided to try making compost piles, hoping for a profitable outcome. He quickly realized the potential that could come from compost. So, he bought a Bobcat and began turning his humble piles into lucrative windrows. In a short time, his composting business took off, pushing him to, once again do more with his business and find new ways to gain income from his family’s land.

Matthew began looking into anaerobic digestion (A.D.), the process of organic waste being broken down by bacteria and ultimately converted into renewable, usable products like natural gas. A.D. seemed like the obvious next step for his business, especially as it produced a new sustainable product and an additional revenue stream.

A key component to successful anaerobic digestion is for the feedstock materials to be sized correctly for bacteria to break them down, as well as for contaminants to be absent when organic materials enter the anaerobic process. Although Matthew’s Bobcat had worked well in the compost facility’s early years, he knew that new solutions would be needed to support his evolving business venture.

To generate the proper-sized feedstock, Matthew needed technology to shred, screen, and separate various organics and contaminants. Again, after some research, he came across Komptech‘s line of waste and recycling equipment. He contacted Foreman Equipment, the Komptech dealer in British Columbia, located less than 30 minutes away in Chilliwack. Matthew connected with owner Ryan Foreman, and the two began discussing Fraser Valley Renewables’ problems and how Komptech equipment could provide the solution to help get the anaerobic digestion operation off the ground.

Ryan suggested Matthew begin by first renting Komptech machines from Foreman Equipment to support the initial growth of his business operations. The occasional rentals became more consistent and lasted longer over time. Matthew was so impressed with the durability and performance of the Komptech equipment that after a few rounds of renting, he decided to “bet the farm” and purchase Komptech machinery to assist in his compost and anaerobic digestion processes.

Fraser Valley Renewables’ first purchase was the Komptech Nemus 2700 Trommel screen. The machine’s accessibility and seamless drum-changing capabilities have profoundly affected the business’s operational efficiency. The versatility of the Nemus 2700 has enabled them to streamline their compost and anaerobic digestion process, eliminating various supplementary steps and significantly increasing uptime. Matthew lovingly calls the Nemus 2700 “the green giant” and has purchased additional machines, making Fraser Valley Renewables the owner of the most Nemus 2700’s in North America.

The business is also now the proud owner of a Komptech Crambo 6000, which is used to grind and shred dimensional lumber, large stumps, and other slash products they take in. Most recently, Fraser Valley Renewables invested in the Komptech Hurrikan S, which enables them to sift and remove lightweight plastics and other contaminants. The Hurrikan S windsifter prevents these contaminants from entering the compost windrows and anaerobic digestion system, ensuring a high-quality end product.

Fraser Valley Renewables has experienced remarkable growth and success with the implementation of its fleet of Komtpech machines. These innovative solutions have allowed the business to expand operations to multiple sites and diversify the range of feedstocks accepted and effectively processed. As a result, Matthew has significantly enhanced the quality of his end products and ultimately secured a robust and stable revenue stream from his family’s land.

Furthermore, by producing soil and compost for the betterment of the agriculture industry, by transforming food and green waste into renewable energy sources, and by embarking on Fraser Valley Renewables’ newest endeavor of 40-year mine reclamation and revegetation project, Matthew is following in his father’s agricultural footsteps. He is making a positive impact and giving back to the land he has always loved.

ABOUT FRASER VALLEY RENEWABLES

Fraser Valley Renewables is an organic waste conversion company located in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. They process local municipal organic waste, grocery and restaurant waste, and yard waste to produce renewable natural gas and high-nutrient compost. The company is on the cutting edge of environmental renewables, making it a leader in sustainability for the Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, and South Okanagan areas.

Visit their website at: www.fvrenewables.ca

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