Pubs have been urged to consider how to stop wasting surplus food on Stop Food Waste Day (24 April).
During its first year, the LFC biodigester processed 17,420 lb (7910 kg) of solid food waste for Jersey Lynne Farms and reduced the wholesaler’s carbon footprint by 6.3 tons (5.7 tonnes) of CO2.
Hertfordshire’s Ye Olde Fighting Cocks pub turns food waste into drain-safe wastewater in 24 hours with new biodigester in anticipation of tighter waste regulations.
CHIK’N restaurant uses only free-range hens while composting food waste in anticipation of impending regulations.
The LFC-100 biodigester at Runnymede Healthcare Centre decomposes about 110 kg (242 lb) of waste food a day into drain-safe ‘grey water’. “Our food service staff puts food waste into the unit from eight in the morning until 7:45 in the evening. The machine works around the clock.”
“Previously, we collected and wrapped outdated and damaged produce on pallets, stored it in the warehouse refrigerator, and shipped it weekly to a solids composting facility, at significant cost. Our LFC biodigester eliminates these costs and frees up valuable refrigerator space.”
The liquid composter comes in several sizes that process 25 pounds to 2,000 pounds daily. It can digest what would be considered hard to break down foods, such as lobster shells, fish bones and pineapple skins.
“We are big on teaching values to the children,” said Natalie Barak, director of advancement. “They learn about environmental responsibility, and they see that we are actually doing something about it.”
Supplies organic produce from a 20,000 sq ft warehouse in Long Island City to stores, restaurants, caterers, bakeries, hotels, Ace Natural, a regional distributor of organic produce, switched from solid waste haulers to dispose of organic waste to an LFC biodigester installed on their property.