Monthly Archives: March 2013

Time To Move On?

Time to move on Clock

When a customer decides they have nothing in common with their waste hauler will they move on?

If your hauler is not offering a food waste solution that best fits your needs, your goals and saves you money, is it time to re-negotiate your contract and handle your food waste on site?

The Eco-Safe Digester is a solution that requires no extra handling, no storing, and no extra costs for the disposal of food waste.

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Where Does the Garbage Go and How Does it Get There

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Where does the garbage go and how does it get there? 

According to the 2011 commercial solid waste management report prepared for NYC, 7,000,000 pounds of food waste is generated each day. Picking up this mammoth daily load are more than 500 garbage trucks getting less than 3 miles per gallon and costing more than $150.00 an hour to operate.  The collected waste is transported to transfer facilities and then carted off to either landfills (located in surrounding states and nearly all at capacity) or to a distant compost facility (located in Delaware more than 170 miles away).

It should be no surprise that the movement of the hundreds of diesel trucks per day has a negative effect on the public and the environment.  Some of the ingredients of diesel fuel are even carcinogenic.

This scenario is replicated in cities all across the US.

Is there a more convenient, economically sound, and environmentally safer way to get rid of this garbage?  Is there a way to minimize the truck traffic?  Is there a way to reduce the miles traveled of the garbage trucks to give the public cleaner air and safer streets?

There is! The Eco-Safe Digester.  This on-site, high-quality, industrial-strength digester rapidly breaks down large volumes of food waste into a nutrient-rich liquid suitable for discharge into the municipal sewer systems.  Utilizing the sewer system to transport digested food waste provides a convenient, economically sound and environmentally safer way to get rid of this garbage.

Complaints At Community Recycling

Ban food waste from Landfill : Seagulls fly around as a bulldozer compacts freshly dumped rubbish

Sun Valley neighbors of a huge recycling center say little has been done about years of stench and rodents — and the company plans to expand.

Despite years of complaints about stench and rodents, neighbors of Community Recycling in Sun Valley say the city has done little to clean things up. Many are opposing a plan to expand the operation, even though it’s supposed to add the improvement to enclose it.

Rats have skittered off the property of Community Recycling & Resource Recovery and into a nearby business, according to calls logged by the city. Churning dust is said to be making everyone’s eyes burn making breathing difficult and causing bloody noses among workers at a neighborhood paving firm. Gulls scavenging from piles of food waste have scattered bits of garbage from the sky. And then there is the stench, described in the logs as “a dead animal smell,” a “rotten egg odor” and “putrid.” Trash, dust, green waste, birds and liquids are very much in the public right of way, in the air and flowing into storm drains.

The problem was supposed to have been fixed long ago. But neighbors have been left fuming, saying that politics and bureaucracy have allowed the facility to continue to take in nearly three times the amount of waste permitted and process it in smelly, open-air piles.

In 2004 and 2006, the city issued two cease-and-desist orders against the company to stop the processing of food scraps, yard waste and construction debris until it could get the necessary permits. But in the end, the city worked out an interim operating agreement that would last until an environmental review could be done allowing the operations to be expanded and largely enclosed.

That report was completed in 2012 — five years behind schedule. They continue to operate while postponing millions of dollars in improvement expenditures.

City officials say they will fight to protect the residents’ quality of life by demanding that the company enclose more of its operations than planned, and that it convert its trucks from diesel to compressed natural gas.

Meanwhile, this story has taken on a bizarre quality: Regulators, who visit at least every two weeks, have issued more than 70 “violations” over the last two years — mostly for not complying with permits. The violations never result in any fines or disciplinary action, in part because the city has agreed not to enforce permit violations.

In May, an inspector noted that he had seen a rat that appeared to be the size of a small Chihuahua carrying a large piece of lettuce in its mouth.  In June, inspection notes described how workers at a nearby business were upset that birds were dropping chicken bones into roof vents. The inspector wrote that he would continue to monitor the chicken bone situation.

After spotting rats and birds over a period of weeks, officials in August issued a violation against the company for not controlling pests — but called for no fines.  What’s the sense of having a law if you don’t enforce it?

You can read the whole article here:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-sun-valley-recycle-20130305,0,5053271.story?goback=%2Egde_698237_member_219787497