Technology is starting to enter various parts of the waste and recycling sector, from sorting to driving to safety. And recently, technologies to help combat food waste have been on the rise.
InSinkErator, an Emerson business, offers generators of at least one ton of food waste a week a way to divert from landfill and bypass the sewer system, while creating electricity, heat or compressed natural gas. Its latest technology, Grind2Energy, captures food waste and turns it to slurry, which goes into a holding tank, is pumped to a transport tank and transported to AD facilities to be turned into renewable energy.
BioHiTech Global, Inc., a Chestnut Ridge, N.Y.-based green technology company that creates innovative data-driven solutions for the disposal of food waste, is also working to combat food waste via technology. The company’s second generation of its mobile app, BioHiTech Cirrus 2.2, includes new features that deliver improved information accessibility and transparency into food waste creation, allowing users to identify inefficiencies and improve operating margins in real-time.
Hilton Hotels & Resorts is another company striving to reduce food waste from its properties. Hilton has partnered with ORCA, a subsidiary of Totally Green Inc., to add food waste disposal systems to a number of its hotels. The food waste disposal systems dispose of food waste onsite and convert the organic waste into environmentally safe water, which ultimately eliminates disposal costs and improves the health and safety of employees.