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SPECIAL REPORT: Waste Handling Gallery


GOHBio 1001, a high-volume organic waste decomposition unit, can break down as much as 1,200 lbs. of food waste per day with the help of microorganisms. An all-stainless cabinet houses the process, which adds heat and moisture to food waste so the microorganisms can do their job. BioHitech says that virtually all solids are eliminated, leaving behind nutrient-rich water that can safely be discharged down a drain. There’s no byproduct to handle and no leftover waste to haul away. The machine’s footprint is 67”W x 44”D, and installation should include 5’ of clearance to facilitate ongoing maintenance. BioHitech also offers models that process 800 lbs. and 400 lbs. of organic waste per day.


The Champion P7-30 pulping system utilizes a 7½-hp grinding motor with a 30"-dia. slurry chamber to process food, paper and other waste into a semi-dry pulp for disposal. Features include a flatware saver, four stationary blocks with four cutting surfaces each, two steel rotating shearing blades, and large water extractor chamber with removable gasketless door. Other features include a flushing valve pump-motor seal, a remote-mounted control box with overload indicator lights and circuit breaker, and a start/stop switch mounted on the extractor. The P7-30 is constructed of 304 stainless and comes with a 1-yr. parts and labor warranty. Options include anti-vibration feet for quieter operation, multiple trough configurations, and an automatic shut-down timer. A smaller P5-24 model with a 5-hp and 24”-dia. slurry chamber also is available.


GreenSpark Energy Solutions markets the German-made Fox SBM-2 Liquid Waste Extractor, or LWE. The SBM-2 processes food waste through a 2-hp disposer, then pumps it into a press, where the liquid is extracted. After the solid organic waste is discharged into a collection bin, it can be used for composting or simply disposed. Meanwhile, the liquid waste can safely drain. A sloped waste entry provides for easy feeding, and magnetized surfaces catch metal tableware. GreenSpark says the LWE can process as much as 550 lbs. of food waste per hour. An automatic cleaning process starts when the machine is stopped, and an optional spray hose can be used to help keep things clean. A modular version of the LWE shreds waste at the scrap table and pumps the waste to a remotely located extractor.


The WastePro 1200 pulping system provides a 6-hp grinding motor, 25½”-dia. slurry chamber, and 5½”-dia. stainless pulping disc with mounted cutting edges. The unit produces a semi-dry pulp that results in a reduction of up to 88% in waste volume, says Hobart, and can handle aluminum foil, cardboard, food waste, milk cartons, napkins, polystyrene ware, straws and expanded polystyrene foams. Employees just scrape waste into the pulper and the unit does the rest. The WastePro is available in two models, a self-contained, close-coupled system and an engineered remote system. The close-coupled unit combines the pulper and water press into one unit, and the remote systems separates the pulper and water press, which allows the water press to be located hundreds of yards away, often close to a dumpster.


The Eliminator 900 pulper/extractor system provides a 5-hp direct-drive cutting motor, 2-hp bottom-mounted TEFC motor, 24”-dia. slurry chamber and 12”-dia. cutting mechanism. Designed to reduce waste by up to 90%, Insinger says the Eliminator 900 can process 1200 lbs./hr. of mixed waste including cardboard, food scraps, expanded poly foam, plastic utensils and cardboard. The unit is constructed completely of stainless steel, and the cylindrical extractor’s design simplifies daily cleaning. A trough magnet for silverware reduces replacement costs, and a security package is available for high-risk facilities. Other features include the recirculation of process water using a 1-hp extractor drive motor. Options include a remote start-stop station and chemical additive pump.


The Waste Xpress pulping system combines a 3-hp disposer, a 5-gpm flow control valve and a dewatering process to reduce solid waste by as much as 85%, according to InSinkErator. The unit helps you decrease labor costs, reduce waste handling charges and increase kitchen efficiency. Kitchen waste, consisting of food and nonfood items, is ground into small particles in the disposer grind chamber. This ground waste is then transferred to the dewatering unit where the waste is compressed, allowing the liquids to be sent down the drain line and dispensing the solids through the chute into a standard 10-gal. trash can. InSinkErator says the Waste Xpress can process up to 700 lbs./hr., 100% food waste or up 50% disposables with food waste.


Designed for large operations with multiple collection points, the WasteStar is a remote pulper system that uses an integrated vacuum disposal design to move organic food waste from multiple feeding stations through a pipe system to a collection point. There, the waste goes through a dewatering press/grinder, after which it can be hauled away, stored for use as compost or fertilizer, or sent to a biogas facility. Since waste is drawn through piping via vacuum power, no water is needed before the common collection point. And the collection point eliminates the need for multiple pulpers throughout a large facility. Feeding stations can be stand-alone units or integrated into dish room tables or tray conveyors.


Designed for operations that cannot install disposers, the S914 Collector provides a way to process food waste. As employees pass dishes through a water plume, food waste drops through a scrap basin and into a scrap basket. Insoluble food waste is captured by the scrap basket while solubles flow down the drain. Later the scrap basket can be cleared, and its waste sent to the trash. Salvajor says the S914 can reduce bulk food waste by as much as 50% and weight by as much as 80%. The unit’s water-conserving design uses 2 gals./min. to power a recirculating water plume running at 30 gals./min. Designed as standard scrapping or pot/pan models, the Collector helps employees keep pace with small- to medium-size dish machines.


The ecoShred is an automated on-site shredder that cuts and grinds food- and disposable waste for discharge into a trash bin. Designed for medium-size facilities, the ecoShred process 1,200 lbs./hr., according to Somat, and requires only an electrical connection, fresh water-connection and drain line. Controls are integrated into the system; no wall mounting of controls is needed. This system can function as a waste pre-treatment step before conventional composting. Somat recommends ecoShred be used in conjunction with its eCorect decomposition unit for complete on-site waste handling. All components of the ecoShred except for a powder-coated vertical auger are made of 300 stainless.

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