Monthly Archives: May 2014

Time to Be Positive

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There is no better time than now to decide to be more positive and how we can help companies and the environment achieve that status. The best place to start is to set a plan in motion that sets forth a positive vision, one that includes goals that adopt sustainable practices and have positive impacts.

BioHitech America’s technology solution for food waste makes it easy for businesses to make a positive contribution in as many as four key areas: waste, water, carbon, and innovation. Being disposal positive, water positive, carbon positive, and innovation positive is surely encompassing a positive vision.

Disposal Positive
Finding the right solution to become waste positive is unique to each customer. Sending it to landfill is irresponsible, hardly positive, and soon to be banned in many states. Storing it for transport to distant compost facilities is not only costly but creates more carbon not less. The Eco-Safe Digester is an on-site solution converting food waste into a nutrient-neutral grey water that is safe to be disposed of to a standard sewer line eliminating the need for on-road transportation.

Water Positive
All of the Eco-Safe Digester’s installed today are responsible for transforming thousands of pounds of landfill-bound food waste into more than 90 million gallons of grey water every day. By utilizing Water Resource Recovery Centers (formerly known as Waste Water Treatment Facilities) to treat and process the grey water is not only resourceful but also an opportunity to replenish diminished water supplies.

Carbon Positive
Carbon positive eliminates activities that add CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. Carbon negative is no doubt a garbage truck getting 4 miles to the gallon, stopping at more than 30 locations a day to pick up food waste that is either landfill-bound or distant compost facility bound. In addition to that, hauling food waste anywhere increases noise and air pollution in and around towns and cities. Processing food waste on-site cleans up congested roads and ultimately prevents pollution. 

Innovation Positive
Cutting-edge technology that remotely monitors utilization and performance while simultaneously reporting on financial, operational, and sustainability progress across multiple locations, well, that is truly positive.

Businesses need to start with a strategy, one that they are committed to sticking too. The strategy should be easy to enforce and sustain, and be cost-neutral at the very least. Being “positive” is a new way of doing business and not just words listed under the corporate sustainability goals.

BioHitech America continues to help its customers exceed all of their sustainability goals while keeping a positive focus.

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Good Data is Key

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For many organizations waste is a top three operating expense that in some companies stretch over many states making data management a struggle. Your organization needs reliable data to operate effectively so bad data cannot be ignored.

Bad data impacts all levels of your organization. If data is bad, financial reporting is significantly wrong as the incorrect data is being used as the baseline for budgeting and trending models. Site utilization data is also important to support the expected ROI. Performance reporting is based on accuracy when you use incomplete or inaccurate data you will not be able to defend the data you will lose credibility and your commitment to efficiency program will lead to decreased results. Bad data or no data will also ultimately produce a lack of results making future requests for capital funding a challenge.

Good, accurate waste data is valuable and no longer a mystery. BioHitech America captures the detailed cost and utilization data from each Eco-Safe Digester enabling the most extensive and proactive approach to food waste diversion. Leveraging our data, across facilities, departments, and geographies, we are able to proactively address more than the elimination of food waste.

Through our reporting platform we ensure accurate data for financial, performance, and sustainability reporting. Our systematic approach to data capture and quality control also identifies food waste for purchase adjustments, reuse, or donation opportunities.

Good Data supports cost avoidance as problems are quickly identified and resolved before escalating to a large financial burden. Good data will help pinpoint inefficiencies across locations and help stakeholders understand what is driving the differences and what can be done to improve utilization and performance. Good data also supports a solid return on investment that impacts your bottom line. Accurate data enables you to take action to support strategic initiatives, improve efficiencies, and lower costs.

Incorrect and incomplete waste data is no longer acceptable. The key is to properly identify and manage your data because knowing that will simplify the waste process, reduce costs and resources, and prevent waste altogether.