A food waste equipment business set up at the end of last year is aiming to help operators achieve impressive savings in the kitchen as they get their businesses operational again.
Waste2 Environmental Systems (Waste2ES) says the technologies its systems use are well-known and proven, but insists it is the manner with which the customer benefits from its service that is the big differentiator.
The company says that food waste has an energy value and yet food industry practitioners across the country are either paying to have their food waste taken away or sending it to landfill.
Its service is developed around giving that value back to the business that has created the food waste and offering them the potential to make money.
“As an example, a busy inner city hotel catering for over 1,000 meals a day around the clock generates a considerable amount of food waste including difficult items such as bones, and will be paying for its removal,” explained managing director Richard Harland.
“Waste2ES systems with their integral shredder can turn this around by managing this waste efficiently, offsetting the waste removal costs and delivering indicative savings of 30%. Plus there are other likely savings against pest and odour control.”
The Hertfordshire-based firm offers a range of iD-R branded systems to suit smaller retail outlets and caterers all the way up to food manufacturers and supermarkets.
Energy conversion from the food waste comes from the integral biomass or CHP systems in the iD-R-5K to turn the gas produced from the waste processing into hot water or electricity, cooling or heating as required. This energy can then be used by the business to reduce their costs further or even sold back to the grid.
Mr Harland said: “In the most basic of terms our iD-R systems enable you to convert your food waste from a cost into a potential revenue opportunity via energy generation, and by the reduction of operational costs associated with disposal.
“The iD-R system is unique both in how it works and in terms of the residual material produced. Unlike any other food waste processing systems, our iD-Rs use aerobic and anaerobic digestion technology to unlock, release and remove the intrinsic water held in the fabric of food waste whilst consolidating the calorific content. In effect we supercharge the dry crumb and supercharge its value
“In essence, iD-R economically converts your food waste on-site into an odour free, stable and valuable stored energy form. There is no waste other than the saleable ‘fertiliser’ known as digestate. No added water. No sludge released to the drains. You just need a power supply.”