With a booming hospitality sector, a thriving wine region and an abundance of popular restaurant hotspots, it comes as no surprise that South Africa generates a total of 10 million tons of food waste per year, where the majority of this waste stream ends up in landfill. With this shocking waste statistic, South Africa has welcomed an easy and efficient on-site waste management system for food waste, which has an output of high quality compost. More and more households and hotels are opting to grow their own produce as a means of saving costs. Feeding your garden with BiobiN produced compost is a great way close the food waste system; using it as a resource instead of sending it to landfill.
BiobiN is a unit has been designed with on-site waste management in mind and seeks to provide the perfect solution for food outlets that produce high volumes of food waste. “Our BiobiN unit is a great food waste management solution for facilities such as hotels, conference centres ,restaurants and fast food outlets,” says Brian Küsel from BiobiN.
Food waste poses a big environmental issue at landfill sites. When food waste breaks down, the two by-products that are produced are methane and leachate. Methane is a greenhouse gas that has 84 times more atmospheric warming potential that carbon dioxide2. Leachate consists of water that seeps through the landfill layers and mixes with liquid waste from decomposing food waste; it is a contaminant that has the potential to pollute the fresh ground water that we drink.
South Africa has introduced waste management regulations that place for stricter prohibitions on the disposal of food waste in an attempt to reduce the environmental impacts at landfill sites. “These new waste regulations are starting to put hotels, conference centres ,restaurants and fast food outlets owners under pressure, and the cost of ‘dumping’ food waste in black bins will rapidly increase,” says Küsel. “Composting with a BiobiN will quickly become the more cost effective and long terms sustainable solution to managing restaurant food waste and at the same time enriching our soils”
“It is really important to keep food waste separated and by doing so we will also prevent other recyclable waste streams becoming contaminated through contact with food waste,” says Küsel.
“Having BiobiN as a composting solution for hotels, conference centres ,restaurants and fast food outlets is not only a great way to handle their food waste, it is a great opportunity for the facility to produce high grade compost, with little odour,” says Küsel. “We are finding more and more hotels, conference centres ,restaurants and fast food outlets are starting their own gardens as a source of produce; to have a BiobiN on-site is an ideal solution to have a compost source right next to a garden.”
To find out more about the BiobiN, visit the website at www.biobin.co.za