Temporary kitchen specialist PKL is vowing to shake up the food waste market after taking on the UK distributorship for a “revolutionary” waste digester called the ‘Garbage Guzzler’.
The product, which is manufactured in the UK, uses bacteria to reduce organic waste, including food, cardboard, paper packaging, coffee cups, fats and oils by 95%.
The process can take as little as 24 hours, and leaves an output that can be used as soil improver, biomass fuel or can be put back through the machine to be reduced to virtually nothing.
The Garbage Guzzler is available in two models, one capable of digesting up to 200kg of waste per day, and one which is capable of digesting up to 400kg of waste each day, although there is the capability to supply larger, more bespoke units if required.
The Cheltenham-based outfit, best known for its involvement in supplying kitchens and catering appliances to the Olympics Games, said that taking on the distribution of the Garbage Guzzler was a logical next step in the company’s catering equipment portfolio.
It believes the product will also satisfy the demands of many of its current customers, which have an increasing focus on waste disposal, cost savings and a greater desire to reduce their carbon footprint.
PKL boss, Lee Vines, said he became convinced by the viability of the machine because of the huge range of advantages its unique system gives businesses of any size.
“We have seen across the UK that waste disposal is becoming a bigger cost to business,” he said. “Green concerns are also becoming more of a driver behind the decisions companies make. The Garbage Guzzler reduces waste and what it produces can be used as a fuel, soil improver or can be put back in the machine to disappear.
“However you choose to use it, the machine will help to reduce costs and greenhouse gas emissions, as less waste will lead to fewer waste collections, and vehicle movements associated with this.”
Customers will be able to buy the Garbage Guzzler direct from PKL, while it will also be available under a contract rental agreement.
PKL will be launching Garbage Guzzlers as a separate division of the company, and has employed a dedicated sales executive, Nicola Whitson, to oversee the distribution of the product.
WRAP figures put the cost of food being wasted in the UK from the UK hospitality and foodservice (HaFS) sector at £2.5 billion per year.
The amount of food that is wasted each year in the UK is equivalent to 1.3 billion meals, or one in six of the 8 billion meals served each year.
On average 21% of food waste arises from spoilage; 45% from food preparation and 34% from consumer plates.