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WASTE MANAGEMENT: A cleaner kitchen with a solution that moves the goalposts

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Paul Anderson, managing director of Meiko UK, outlines how innovations in food waste recycling can deliver energy savings and a whole host of additional benefits…

This piece of advice is about saving energy – yes – but also about streamlining the kitchen, making savings in labour, while improving hygiene and sustainability.

It concerns Meiko’s BioMaster food waste recycling system which processes all typical food waste including fats and oils via a stainless-steel hopper. Once pulverised, the now liquid waste is pumped to sealed storage tank for collection and conversion to biogas.

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BioMaster is a one-stop food waste handling solution and there are different sizes of system to suit all kitchens. You put the waste into the hopper, press the button…and it is gone!

BioMaster only uses power to homogenise food waste and then pump to storage tank. There is nothing else to directly compare with BioMaster for its efficiency; it saves energy – yes, because it does not waste any! Most if not all other forms of food waste recycling require more in terms of power, chemicals, and labour.

Users love it because the kitchen is cleaner and clear of waste bins. BioMaster’s ergonomics save bending and stretching. And there is a small fortune saved in black plastic sacks.

But the really interesting thing about Biomaster is that it moves the goalposts…

We are used to buying catering equipment that lasts a few years.

BioMaster is serviceable, key parts such as pumps are replaceable, which can result in a much longer equipment working lifetime.

This type of food waste technology has moved beyond the boundaries of ‘catering equipment.’ I believe you must consider the capital cost assessment much as you would the heating or ventilation system – which also are scheduled to last for decades – and which are paid for centrally.

Getting biogas energy back from food waste is as good as it gets currently but that is going to improve. The anaerobic digestion industry is only getting started and the energy output from food waste will rise enormously.

For example, anaerobic digestion can be combined with a process called transesterification, which uses the lipids in food waste such as oils and fat to make its energy. Together the two processes boost yield from food waste to make solid and liquid fuel products, chemicals, fuel gas and water.

Are we going to see a moon rocket powered by the staff canteen’s chip fat, bread crusts and veg peelings…probably not.

But jokes aside, we need to retain ownership of food waste because one day, when that tanker rolls up to collect your high value liquid waste, they will pay you to take it away.

Food waste processing plants will help power the nation in future. Just like regular power stations they need regular supplies of feedstock. And do power stations get free gas, coal or electricity?

Just a thought. It will happen, not soon I know, but it will come.

For more information on the Biomaster and other Meiko products, visit ww.meiko-uk.co.uk

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