Waste not, want not

by Tiffany Paczek
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Waste management is an essential part of any facility, particularly those that house food facilities and generate organic waste. The WasteMaster is an innovative technology that’s changing the way buildings can process organic waste, and reducing the impact on the environment, writes TIFFANY PACZEK.

As a species, humans are the most wasteful of all living organisms on earth – no other generates as much needless waste as we do. And it’s no crown to be proud of; humans are literally destroying the planet. As awareness of sustainability and waste management grows and becomes increasingly important in the modern social consciousness, all manner of technology is being created in an attempt to combat humanity’s shameful waste habits.

Green Eco Technologies is a company that recognises the dire need for change within our waste industry, and sets its sights on developing, supplying and managing innovative, safe, efficient and environmentally beneficial on-site waste solutions for facilities – specifically, for the conversion and repurposing of putrescible organic waste into reusable resources. Green Eco Technologies is focused on reducing the overall impact of food waste disposal on business, institutions and organisations, and – of course – the environment.

The company has developed an innovative new technology that is shaking the foundations of food waste and its disposal within facilities and buildings.

This innovation is its WasteMaster Solution, a continuous food and organic processing and converting system.

Food waste is a global problem. Large amounts of food waste end up in landfill and generate large volumes of methane, a gas increasingly being recognised as far more harmful to the planet that carbon dioxide.

At the waste generation stage of the cycle, the disposal of food waste can be a significant burden for many businesses, institutions, facilities and other food and catering providers who produce food and organic waste in large quantities.

Rohan Dinn, general manager of WasteMaster Pacific, says, “The advantages of a WasteMaster can be simplified to three key points: convenience, economic and environmental benefits.”

Infographic © Wastemaster

MASTER OF WASTE

The WasteMaster Solution is a new innovation, developed in Australia and locally owned, which converts and reduces the weight and volume of food waste by up to 80 percent, changing it into a compost-like, odour-free residual material with a high calorific value that can be repurposed for a positive environmental benefit, such as the production of green energy through anaerobic digestion.

Dinn says, “The WasteMaster system breaks down the cellular structure of food waste, releasing water content and rapidly accelerating the natural decomposition process.”

The on-site continuous organic waste processing and converting system uses a unique proprietary technology to accelerate the decomposition of food waste, without any additives and without odour. For every 500 kilograms of food waste loaded into the system, the WasteMaster outputs just 100 kilograms of residual material.

The WasteMaster conversion process diverts putrescible food waste from landfill, from being flushed into the sewer system or incinerated, thus helping to reduce the future global burden of greenhouse gas emissions and excessive landfill. The WasteMaster also eliminates the need for time-sensitive on-site waste storage, as well as collections of raw food waste, making it ideal for sites that generate significant amounts of food waste such as:

  • food manufacturers and processors
  • hospitals
  • restaurants, and
  • other hospitality providers.

“The WasteMaster system uses proprietary Japanese technology – M.I.R.A. (Mixed Ion Reactive Approach) – to break down food waste without the need to add water, additives, enzymes, microorganisms or any other elements,” says Dinn.

A SIMPLE SOLUTION

The WasteMaster, while a new and ground- breaking innovation, is a relatively simple and straightforward operation. It’s easily installed on-site as it doesn’t release any emissions or odours during the process and doesn’t require any water or waste services – only a three- phase power supply and an air outlet.

It can be loaded either manually or using an automatic bin loader, and the waste conversion process takes between 12 and 20 hours (depending on the type of putrescible material loaded). The WasteMaster system will also indicate when it is full and will unload automatically when the process is complete.

Dinn says, “The WasteMaster system is very simple to operate. Only very brief operational training is required and very low human interaction is needed, meaning almost anyone from a site team can quickly fill the WasteMaster and then let it process food waste automatically.”

The WasteMaster is operated through a remotely-controlled diagnostics interface and managed service, which is tailored to specific customer requirements – meaning that Green Eco Technologies fully maintains a facility’s food waste conversion on its behalf. There’s also a support team on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, should a user require assistance or advice. This ensures the WasteMaster provides an end-to-end solution and that there is no interruption to the food waste processing. ●

Why WasteMaster?

  • reduces your environmental impact
  • repurposes your food waste for positive reuse
  • reduces the volume and weight of your food waste by up to 80 percent
  • reduces ever-increasing costs associated with food waste management
  • provides a safer and cleaner work environment by eliminating both large amounts of rotting waste and frequent waste collections vehicle movements, and
  • reduces the quantity of collection bins required on-site.

For more information visit www.greenecotec.com.

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