Why a food waste disposer
Why a disposer
The use of food waste disposers provides a range of major benefits, regardless the kitchen’s size. Problems of poor working environment and bad hygiene decreases, while source sorting of food waste is automated and provides savings in costs as well as working hours. Society’s environmental requirements on increased recycling of food waste as a commodity for biogas production can be met by using a disposer.
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Work enviroment & Hygiene
In commercial kitchens, work environment problems are common, such as stressful working postures, laborious manual handling with heavy lifting, carrying, push-pull work, repetitive and one-sided tasks – often under time pressure and on slippery floors after spillage of food waste. Ergonomic improvements often mean that load decreases and productivity increases. Employers with good ergonomic aids have better competitiveness, at the same time as the workplace becomes attractive and it is easier to recruit new staff and retain existing staff.
Food waste disposers – improves the work enviroment in commercial kitchens
We all know that the Work Environment Act (AML) and the Swedish Work Environment Authority (AFS) regulations exist to improve the work environment in commercial kitchens, but it is both the employer’s and the employee’s responsibility to try to prevent the increasingly common physical problems. . Stress injuries involve daily pain or aches in muscles and joints, which does not go away so easily. Sick leave due to congestion lasts on average more than five months, and accounts for more than ⅓ of all reported occupational injuries each year. Every injury has a financial side, which affects both the injured party, the employer and society.
New food rules within the EU
From 2006, new food rules will also apply within the EU, which puts the safety of food consumers at the center. One of the basic rules is that “clean resp. unclean ”handling in the kitchen should be kept separate. For food waste, it is therefore important to especially avoid it being moved through spaces in the kitchen where food is stored, prepared and prepared. In addition to spillage of food waste giving rise to bacteria and unhygienic conditions, it also causes bad smells and an increased risk of slippery accidents.
A food waste disposer will help you with the problems
With a food waste dispose at every workplace where larger amounts of food waste are generated in the kitchen, the above problems with the work environment and the hygiene that have to do with this heavy waste disappear. At the same time as the food waste arises, the kitchen staff can get rid of this by grinding it down in the grinder and rinsing or pumping it away in the kitchen’s drain pipe to a local tank or municipal treatment plant.
- How would your business be affected if the following elements disappeared:
- Moving heavy containers with food waste from the sink space to the refrigerated garbage room
- Reduced cleaning of spills from food waste in overflowing containers or from broken bags
- Cleaning of containers from food waste residues after emptying
- Bad smell, vermin and bacterial growth with possible remarks from Environment & Health
– food waste disposersvand food waste systems save both money and working time
Large parts of the source sorting of food waste in any size kitchen can be automated, which in turn provides savings of both operating expenses and working hours with a lower cost per meal served as an effect.
With the help of the technology from a food waste disposer or a food waste system, money and expensive working hours are saved daily when the following benefits are achieved:
- Moving heavy containers with food waste from the disk space to the refrigerated garbage room disappears.
- Reduced cleaning work in the kitchen from spills of food waste from overflowing containers or broken bags.
- After emptying the garbage contractor, cleaning of rubbish bins containing food waste is avoided.
- Reduced cleaning of refrigerated garbage room, in addition lower power consumption and operating costs.
- Less risk of vermin and thus remediation costs due to this.
- More free space that is otherwise used for storage of food waste.
- Freeing up time for other kitchen work and overtime is reduced (or avoided).
- Opportunity to reduce the costs of raw materials by measuring and following up incorrect or overproduction of food.
- Improving the work environment provides increased efficiency and satisfaction for employees with less staff turnover and lower sick leave costs as a result.
- Reduced waste collection costs as food waste drains away into the municipal sewer, or is stored in an oxygen-free environment in a tank, which allows longer storage time with the need for significantly fewer collection without odor problems.
- As the food waste is not mixed with other kitchen waste, the remaining “dry” waste fraction (packaging, etc.) can also be collected less frequently, with a lower waste collection cost also for this waste as a result.
- Increased opportunities for the kitchen to win procurements in terms of food deliveries to public consumers who value resourceful behavior with the recycling of food waste into biogas.
The environment in our society
Our society continues to greatly increase the collection of food waste to satisfy the ever-increasing need for biogas as an environmentally friendly alternative to polluting fossil fuels. The amount of biogas we now produce does not cover our needs, primarily for vehicle fuel, but also for the production of heat and electricity. Already today, voices are heard in the media from biogas-powered vehicle owners who experience limited access and long queues at petrol stations. The Swedish government’s national collection goal is therefore that by 2018 we must have increased the collection from the current 20% to as much as 50% of all food waste that occurs annually in our elongated country. From 2010, the Swedish government has set a goal that food waste from commercial kitchens should also be recycled through biological treatment.
Benefits of a food waste disposer for our environment
There are great benefits to our environment to automate this collection using a waste disposer, and transport ground food waste into the municipal sewer system – or if that is not possible – instead collect it in a local tank near the kitchen. These tanks need to be emptied much less often (by eg suction truck) compared to today’s containers, which usually have to be emptied every other day with conventional garbage trucks.
The fact that the collection frequency of waste with today’s conventional garbage trucks is then greatly reduced is not only due to the fact that food waste with its volume and high weight “goes another way” – but also because the remaining dry waste (packaging, etc.) then also needs to be collected less often. . The dry waste is then no longer mixed with the food waste, which is why problems with bacterial growth, hygiene and odor are significantly reduced. This consumes less fuel with less exhaust emissions as a result, while at the same time reducing the risk of traffic accidents – which means a lot to everyone’s environment.
The fact that food waste is also pre-ground and does not need this pre-treatment at biogas plants and treatment plants is also another clear advantage to take into account as the collection is automated with the help of food waste grinders and food waste systems in commercial kitchens.
And all these benefits while at the same time significantly increasing the chance that we succeed in achieving the Swedish government’s national collection goals by using modern technology in our commercial kitchens!
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