Recent start-up Waste2 Environmental Systems (Waste2ES), believes it is providing a dramatically different way to deal with waste food.
Whilst the technologies its systems use are well known and proven, the company believes it is the manner with which the customer benefits from the service that is the big differentiator.
Food waste has a value – an energy value – but food industry practitioners across the country are either paying to have their food waste taken away or sending it to landfill. Waste2ES has developed its service around giving that value back to the operator that has created the food waste, including hotels and restaurant waste.
Waste2ES systems with its unit’s integral shredder can manage this waste efficiently, offsetting the waste removal costs and delivering estimated savings of 30%. Plus there could be savings against pest and odour control.
Hertfordshire-based Waste2ES’ food waste processing systems include the iD-R-5K system with an add-on depackaging unit. For those with lower levels of food waste like restaurants, smaller retail outlets and caterers, there is the small footprint iD-R-250 or iD-R-500 systems.
Waste2ES’ MD, Richard Harland explained: “In the most basic of terms our iD-R systems enable you to convert your food waste from a cost into a potential revenue opportunity via energy generation, and by the reduction of operational costs associated with disposal.”
He continued: “The iD-R system is unique both in how it works and in terms of the residual material produced. Unlike any other food waste processing systems, our iD-Rs use aerobic and anaerobic digestion technology to unlock, release and remove the intrinsic water held in the fabric of food waste whilst consolidating the calorific content. In effect we supercharge the dry crumb and supercharge its value.
“In essence, iD-R economically converts your food waste on-site into an odour free, stable and valuable stored energy form. There is no waste other than the saleable ‘fertiliser’ known as digestate. No added water. No sludge released to the drains. You just need a power supply.”
Sales and marketing director, Jacinta Hurt has been involved in the business from the outset. She outlined: “Energy conversion from the food waste comes from the integral biomass or CHP systems in the iD-R-5K to turn the gas produced from the waste processing into hot water or electricity, cooling or heating as required. These energy conversion systems are also available with the iD-R-250 and iD-R-500 where sufficient waste food stock is available. This energy can then be used by the business to reduce their costs further or even sold back to the grid.
“For our customers, that means no more expense to have the food waste removed and lower power bills as the food waste is converted on site to power. Plus, there are huge benefits to the environment as this methane-producing food waste no longer ends up in landfill. We definitely see that as a win, win.”
Waste2ES systems are initially available in the UK but the business has its sights set on markets further afield.