Is there another way to deal with compostable materials?
The Vermont Air National Guard has installed an aerobic biodigestor that can turn 180 kg of leftovers into greywater in 24 hours and flush it down the sewers. (Source : https://www.dvidshub.net/news/181327/waste-water#.VmXmhvmDGkr )
It sounds like a neat idea but isn’t it in fact replacing composting and just overburdening an already taxed resource?
Agreed, it isn't really composting, this might be better dealt with by conventional row compost and donated to civilian gardening programs, or used as bio-active material to remediate (sp?) fuel contaminated soil, since ANY military installation will have that.
If your hands are absolutely tied and you absolutely cannot compost then have it shipped off the base to the nearest recycling center. A lot of our recycling centers here in Canada compost and we pick it up weekly with all the other recyclables in it's own specialized container. Composting makes the most sense in regards to cost-to-end-product expenditures. Composting is relatively cheap compared to treating it in a wastewater plant. Composting ranks lowest regarding material and water inputs. It also generates the least wastewater and waterborne waste. I almost forgot to say it also generates income as ripe compost is sold to the general public. Save Precious Water! Think Green! Compost!
I almost forgot to say AND it generates income as ripe compost can be purchased.