Lincat has added a smaller WasteStation to its IMC range of waste management solutions.
The new IMC WasteStation Compact has been developed to fill a gap in the market, identified by the Lincat team.
For establishments such as smaller restaurants, pubs, cafes and care homes, the unit is said to reduce plate and soft food waste volume by up to 80%.
Helen Applewhite, marketing manager for Lincat and IMC brands, said: “IMC developed the original WasteStation over 10 years ago. Sales of the unit remain strong, as awareness grows of the environmental damage being caused by sending food waste to landfill.
“It remains a fantastic solution for larger organisations who are processing up to 700kg of food waste per hour and who have the space to accommodate the unit. And it is great to see so many organisations reaching out to us for help in reducing their food waste carbon footprint.”
She acknowledged: “However, for smaller organisations we didn’t have an offering which fitted their volume requirements, space or budget. Having conducted our own extensive research, we couldn’t find a combined macerator and dewaterer system of a similar compact footprint on the market. We therefore decided to produce our own.
“The resulting IMC WasteStation Compact offers an incredibly small footprint, and the capacity to process up to 200kg of mixed plate and soft food waste per hour. It’s exciting to see it launch.”
Food waste typically represents 40% of total commercial catering waste and of this, 77% is liquid. The macerator inside the IMC WasteStation Compact grinds the food waste into fine particles, before moving it to the dewaterer where it is spun at high speeds forcing the excess liquid out. The resulting solid fraction is collected in a small, lidded bin for onward processing.
Onward processes can include in-vessel composting or production of compressed pellets for biofuels. The self-cleaning auto rinse, which starts when the WasteStation is inactive for eight minutes, should prevent any build-up of food and associated odours.
The unit, at 900mm high, 600mm wide and 700mm deep, is little bigger than a standard, single door bottle cooler and has been designed to fit into the smallest of kitchens. Available in three phase (F79/250) and also single phase (F79/240) the WasteStation can be used in establishments which were never designed to be used for commercial catering.
Hygienic stainless steel construction should make the unit robust and easy to clean. It is supplied with a full waste audit, site survey and full training. As with all Lincat products sold in the UK, the WasteStation Compact will be supplied with a comprehensive, 2-year parts and labour warranty.