Monthly Archives: September 2012

Sustainability

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Sustainability

—it’s a word that many see as synonymous with increased costs. But in fact, the very definition of sustainability is sustenance: supplying or being supplied with something essential that gives support and strength. Sustainability is about recognizing that resources are limited and choosing to use those resources in smarter more efficient ways while supporting ecological balance does not necessarily cost more.

When applying sustainability to proper food waste management, there is an opportunity to minimize the negative impact on the environment and achieve cost savings at the same time with the Eco-Safe Digester.

Case in point: Jim Abrahamson, CEO of Interstate Hotels & Resorts, says that the Hilton Concord Hotel is adopting sustainability without actually raising costs. The hotel’s food and beverage service uses the Eco-Safe Digester to convert food waste into liquid, reducing its contribution of food waste into landfills while saving money by reducing disposal frequency and costs.

Howard Halverson, Director of Environmental Services at Valley Hospital agrees. “The investment paid off.”  The hospital has diverted 100% of their organic waste from local landfills, lowered their operational costs, improved their building’s performance, and enhanced their environmental commitment.  “There is economic value in going green.”

To Mandate or Not ?

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To mandate or not to mandate, that seems to be the question these days.

Florida’s 75% recycling rate goal by 2020 is an ambitious one. It’s especially ambitious when you consider the state’s current recycling rate is 31%.

Even if waste-to-energy is considered into that formula the state still “has a long way to go,” said Jeff Littlejohn, deputy secretary for regulation programs for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, at the Corporate Recycling & Waste Conference outside of Orlando, Florida.

Littlejohn was the keynote speaker of the conference, talking about improvements the department has made to reduce permit time and increase recycling.

One of the biggest opportunities for increases in the state’s overall recycling rate is the commercial market, he said.

“Quite simply, we can’t make our goal without the commercial sector,” Littlejohn said.

While California’s similar goal has come with mandated commercial and apartment recycling, the same hasn’t happened in Florida.

“I think our legislature got it right by not mandating and leaving innovation up to you,” he said to the crowd.

The different approaches that California and Florida have taken to reach the same goal will be a fantastic experiment. While leading the way in goal-setting, they will provide a good path for state’s after them to see what approach may work best.

Recycling is important.  Here is to hoping that when it comes to food waste recycling Floridians choose the Eco-Safe Digester.

Plan for the Ban

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Plan for the Ban…Officials in Massachusetts and Connecticut are hard at work to keep food waste from going to landfills or other mixed municipal waste disposal facilities. The bans in all three states will prohibit hospitals, correctional facilities, schools, hotels, food establishments, and other high-volume food waste generating businesses from sending food waste for disposal at landfills. The bans are scheduled to go into effect the summer of 2014.

Why are they doing this? To increase the state’s recycling strategy, reduce GHG emissions by eliminating traditional solid waste disposal, increase energy production at waste water treatment plants, conserve capacity at existing disposal facilities, and to drive the development and generation of clean renewable energy facilities.

So, what is the best solution for food waste? The Eco-Safe Digester, because storing food waste will be a nuisance and hauling food waste will be costly.

Since food waste is already 70% water, it is natural to use the municipal sewer system to transport food waste. The Eco-Safe Digester moves food scraps out of trash trucks and landfills to waste water treatment plants, where’s it’s converted into clean water or renewable energy.

The summer of 2014 is less than two years away. Plan for the Ban with the Eco-Safe Digester.

Up to the minute information on Massachusetts’s progress can be found athttp://www.mass.gov/dep/public/committee/swacorg.htm