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Food Scraps - how to dispose of them

October 25, 2013

Food Scraps - how to dispose of them
Commercial kitchen scraps and food wastage produce enough volume to re-feed the population. The US government has announced a plan to ban disposal of commercial food waste and convert it into renewable energy. It has offered businesses $4m in grants and low interest loans as incentives to address what has become environmental vandalism.

Australian councils are also pushing for better management of food waste. Kitchens in the larger sector have relied on various forms of garbage compaction, maceration and mastication solutions or a recycling collection service.

There are commercial disposal units on the market that all do an excellent job however most require extensive installation and a large footprint greater than 2sqm. The units are often located externally to the building and connected to the kitchens via a system of ducting and pipework.

Size does matter
Food Strategy has been given the exclusive Australian opportunity to announce a new small footprint standalone disposal unit – The Rendisk ‘Solus Eco’. The word Solus is Latin for ‘standing alone’. An apt name indicative of the key feature. At a tiny 0.8 sqm footprint it fits into nearly any kitchen or garbage room without extensive installation and external attachments. Pushing out a hefty 450kg per hour this unit earns it's keep. It requires connection to hot and cold water and a drain.

Food waste is loaded into the hopper, it’s grinded and dehydrated using a centrifugal technique. The dry pulp is collected in a 30 litre bin for disposal. Volume reduction is up to 80%. The internal system has an auto clean cycle and the externals are easily rinsed with an attached spraying pistol. The pulp can be recycled as Bio-Diesel or as an excellent nutrient rich compost.

Any type of food waste can go into the Solus Eco ie: Any food leftovers including meat and bone, small table top quantities of paper and cardboard. Do not process the obvious non-biodegradable items eg: plastic, glass, tin and textiles. Under health guidelines other forms of non food grade polluted organic waste must be collected and disposed of separately.

The Solus Eco was released at the HOST trade show in Milan on 18th October 2013 on the back of its already successful and much larger award winning cousin “The Flex Waste Dispo”. Made in Holland by Rendisk (an Ali Group company) the Solus Eco unit is an investment in future savings. It can be easily financed or trimmed to a weekly rental fee to suit any capex budget. Suited to mining camps, aged care, hospitals, healthcare, hotels, sports clubs, entertainment venues and any location where floor space, food waste volume and disposal or odour is a problem.

These products are backed by an expansive national service group. For remote locations (eg: mining camps), essential spare parts are also supplied with each machine. Contact Food Strategy for specification and installation advice, how to incorporate the Solus Eco into your design, an accurate quote, or to place an order.
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The small footprint Rendisk Solus Eco for pubs, clubs, restaurants, aged care, institutions:

The larger cousin for high volume production kitchens: The Flex Waste Dispo:


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