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Organic Waste Systems (OWS)

OWS is the world leader in determining biodegradability and compostability. OWS offers testing and services related to biodegradability, compostability, anaerobic digestion, auditing, control & sorting of various waste streams and consulting for sustainable development.

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About Organic Waste Systems (OWS)
OWS was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Ghent and has subsidiaries in Germany, Japan and the United States. OWS is the world leader in determining biodegradability and compostability. The company has also developed various fermentation procedures for the processing of household waste and other organic material (the ‘DRANCO technology’), with which OWS belongs to the top 5 in the world.

What makes OWS unique?

  • As an independent laboratory, OWS has built an international reputation in biodegradation and composting tests.
  • OWS is the only laboratory worldwide that is recognised by all certification bodies active in certifying biodegradable and / or compostable materials and products.
  • OWS is a true pioneer in the fermentation of household waste.
  • OWS has more than 25 years of experience with biogas and is an expert in the field of anaerobic fermentation. Our mechanical and biological knowledge has led to the development of innovative and patented designs, with a fermentation concept adapted to each type of substrate.

An overview of some of our services:

  • Biogas plants: from design to actual construction and start-up, including operation and maintenance, and sometimes the financing of anaerobic fermentation plants.
  • Tests for biodegradation, composting and ecotoxicity
  • Biogas Consulting & Support: we are at your service with advice and support in the (re) start-up, follow-up and optimisation of your installations for anaerobic fermentation.
  • Auditing, Controlling & Support: we cannot only help you with quality controls, analysis of the composition of different waste streams and inspections of the purity of waste, but also with the execution of both administrative and technical audits in the waste processing sector.

Quality and environmental management system
As part of OWS, the DRANCOTECH division operates within the framework of ISO 9001:2015. Using the ISO 14001 standard, an environmental management system has been drawn up at OWS to develop an environmental policy that is appropriate for the organisation and at the same time to guarantee its implementation. In this way, we consider systematically the environment and we can work on a continuous improvement of our environment. The purpose of the environmental management system is to create added value for the environment, for OWS itself and for our stakeholders.

For more information about our services check our website, or contact us directly via +32 (0)9 233 02 04 or via email mail@ows.be.



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