The ongoing drive among catering equipment manufacturers to be sustainability-minded has led Winterhalter to declare that 98% of each warewasher it builds is recyclable.
The Germany-based firm says that the technology now exists for a specialist recycling plant to recover almost all of the machine in useful materials when it has reached end of life, making it a truly resource- friendly option.
It notes that around 70% of each warewasher consists of stainless steel, which can all be recovered and recycled.
The copper and sheet metal packages of pumps are also fully recyclable, while the plastics can be used as shredder material. Electronics and elastomer parts can usually be retrieved and, if necessary,
thermal recycling (incineration) can be used for elastomers.
This, claims Winterhalter, leaves about 2% by weight of the original warewasher that can’t be recycled.
“Winterhalter warewashers have already proved themselves to be the environment-friendly choice, through their range of energy efficient technologies that also cut water and chemical consumption,” stated Paul Crowley of Winterhalter. “Now, through their extreme recyclability, these green credentials have been extended beyond active service.”
Like most manufacturers, Winterhalter points out that it should be quite a few years before customers need to think about recycling their machine, however. It reckons the typical lifecycle of its warewashers is 10 years if properly maintained.