Food waste anguish opens door for distributors

Every distributor has customers that suffer issues with food waste — now Meiko believes it has come up with a viable solution for dealing with the problem in a hygienic, tailor-made way.

The company has launched its GTS enclosed bin system, which offers an environment-friendly and effective way to solve an enduring kitchen challenge.

Meiko insists that GTS will solve the hygiene issues associated with the storage of food waste, minimise labour involvement and reduce costs by cutting the number of food waste collections required.

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The system consists of the GTS food waste processor, a 75mm food waste transfer pipe and a fibreglass bin enclosure housing three mobile 240-litre bins.

An integrated platform weigh scale with a 120kg setting, measures the weight of the food deposited in the bin, allowing for ergonomic handling of the full bin by the waste collection contractor.

Bill Downie, Meiko’s UK managing director, said the system ensures waste handling is separated from other activities, thereby reducing the risk of cross contamination.

“This product offers clear and simple advantages, including cost and labour savings, with the added bonus of earning Carbon Trading Credits where applicable. ‘Duty of care’ paperwork should also be provided by the waste collector.
“The GTS bin enclosure system creates a great opportunity to put a new idea in front of customers, by solving a major headache for them.”

With the fully kitted-out bin enclosure delivered on one pallet and the GTS food waste inlet on a second pallet, installation for the distributor is extremely straightforward.

The bin enclosure just needs to be placed n the waste room or loading bay and the GTS inlet in the kitchen and then connect the two items of equipment together using 75mm diameter plastic pipe.

Downie suggests the issue of food waste is likely to even more at the front of customers’ minds than the usual due to the hot summer weather.

“Hot weather brings flying insects and magnifies the odours created by rotting food waste, both problems solved with the installation of the GTS system,” he said.

Ionisation technology is used to disinfect the air within the bin enclosure by neutralising odours and removing pathogenic germs, bacteria and viruses to create cleaner fresher air. Flies and other flying insects are dealt with using a fly-killing unit with low energy, high output UV lamps.

The system has no requirement for hot water, however a cold water feed to the food waste inlet with a maximum consumption of 75l/hour is required. This can be reduced depending on the mix and type of food waste being processed.
Downie said that the main benefit from an installation point of view is that no waste water connection is required.

The system has an end-user price of £16,993 for the GTS food waste inlet and £13,700 for the fully kitted-out bin enclosure.

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