Reducing food waste to landfill and increasing profit for operators are the key drivers in Mechline’s new food waste reduction programme. Extensively researched and developed, this new programme will provide step by step help and guidance for foodservice operators, facilities and waste teams which should significantly reduce their food waste.
The programme includes a brochure to outline tips which distributors could pass onto end-users, such as measuring food costs and amounts purchased, effectively engaging with staff when buy-in and support is required for waste prevention, and using Mechline to undertake a comprehensive review of food waste.
All businesses need to manage waste in line with the European Waste Framework Directive’s Waste Hierarchy and Mechline has taken the principles of the waste hierarchy further by developing a concept that highlights how to manage end of life food waste in a circular way including the food waste reduction programme showing how to prevent food waste and reducing the amount going to landfill.
The Mechline solution begins with Prevention, Reduction and Reuse followed where necessary with Redistribution, Recycle and Reprocess.
The programme is supported by the company’s Waste²O end-of-life food waste bio-digester and GreasePak bio-enzymatic commercial kitchen drain system that combats the build-up of fats, oils and grease (FOG).
The Waste²O food waste bio-digester has the capacity to dispose of up to 180kg of soft, organic food waste, converting to water in less than 24 hours. The GreasePak bio-enzymatic system removes grease from commercial kitchen drains by dispensing a daily dose of bio-fluid into the drain.
“Waste²O uses naturally occurring micro-organisms to digest food waste rendering the resultant waste water output completely safe for drains. It’s an innovative alternative to composting methods or macerating that deals with food waste leaving no solids to manage. It allows operations to responsibly and economically dispose of their food waste with little impact on the environment,” said Mechline’s business development director, Ian Cresswell.
He continued: “Rising transport and waste processing costs along with government moves toward a reduction of waste to landfill means that food operations are looking long and hard at what they can do to revisit the waste hierarchy in order to comply with legislation and importantly reduce operating costs.”
Mechline will be launching the initiative at the Wasteworks trade show being held at London’s Excel centre on 22-23 March.