An NHS Trust in the north of England is making double-digit savings on food waste after becoming one of the first in the country to introduce a unique aerobic digestion system to its operations.
Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLaG) adopted the advanced technology from Aerobic Technologies Limited (ATL) in a bid to cut costs and improve food waste management systems.
The machines operate an efficient aerobic digestion system driven by an inoculant that was developed for ATL by The Environmental and Life Sciences Laboratory at The University of Birmingham.
They can digest up to 500kg of food waste during a 24-hour without leaving behind any foul smells or requiring any cleaning schedules.
After evaluating alternative methods of improving the disposal and collection of food waste from Diana Princess of Wales Hospital and Scunthorpe General Hospital, NLaG installed a 300kg at both sites.
Sally Yates, logistics and waste manager, said the trust rents the machines from ATL at a contract price, which reduces food waste costs by 20%.
She said: “Our objective is to adopt an environmental solution in conjunction with our long term sustainability targets whist achieving material cost savings straight away. The machines digest all organic waste and incorporate a data reporting system that communicates real time food waste statistics from both hospitals to our facilities management team.”
Mrs Yates added that the electronic data produced by the machine offers it insight to its food waste volumes while staff have found it simpler to use.
Rupert Galliers-Pratt, founder and director of Aerobic Technologies Ltd, said: “This contract represents a solution for hospitals to reduce food waste together with associated costs. We are pleased to have been able to appoint two local companies in North Lincolnshire for manufacturing of our technology.”