Boris Johnson Launches Food Save

Boris Johnson Launches Food Save

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has launched ‘FoodSave’, a new scheme to help food businesses maximize their profits by reducing food waste and diverting surplus food to useful purposes and away from landfill.

The Problem
Food waste is a major problem for any organisation that produces it. It’s notoriously difficult to process and dispose of safely and efficiently and is the most likely waste stream to contaminate other waste fractions.

Most waste streams are relatively easy to recycle. Glass, plastic, aluminium and even metals can be recycled into useful by-products. But not so food waste.

Advantage Catering Equipment in partnership with IMC

IMC has pioneered the use of its macerating and dewatering equipment to recycle catering food waste into compost. Founded on an extensive research programme recently concluded by Imperial College, London, the multi-award winning solution, which has received recognition from both the catering and waste management industries, uses an In Vessel Composter to enable waste producers to divert their waste from landfill and process it on site, thereby reducing emissions of harmful greenhouse gases whilst producing a valuable resource

The IMC Solution
Step 1
By utilising IMC's Waste Station food waste processor, many of these problems are removed or reduced leading to large savings in many areas.

Food waste typically represents around 40% of total commercial catering waste. Of this 40%, approximately 77% is liquid. WasteStation grinds the food waste into fine particles, these particles feed directly into the built-in dewatering system.

Through centrifugal action, the WasteStation forces out the excess liquid from the macerated waste. This “grey water” is fed directly to drain, the resulting solid fraction of the food waste is collected in small, easily managed, lidded bins, ready for onward processing . The unit has a self cleaning function. If going directly to landfill this can give a reduction of 80%, in addition operators can save costs on bin collections & reduce bin storage areas. 

Watch a product features video HERE


Step 2
Composting is a well-established, natural method for treating organic materials to produce a product that is free of pathogens and high in nutrients and can therefore add valuable organic matter to improve the soil. It features high on the Government’s preferred recycling solutions.

An on-site In IMC Vessel Composter (IVC) enables waste producers to adopt a 100% sustainable approach to the disposal of their food waste thereby ensuring its diversion from environmentally unfriendly landfill or incineration plants.

Following maceration and dewatering, food waste is recycled into high quality compost in around 6 weeks.

By providing the ideal conditions in which microbes can act upon the food waste, IVCs fulfil the essential requirements for producing high quality compost.

Watch a completed project video HERE

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