Supermarket & Mall Food Waste Challenges

Risk Management

What happens when your organic waste is not collected? Perhaps due to a labour strike, protests blocking the road or even COVID-19? The rotting organic waste rots and smells and can become a disease vector and threaten the health of your employees. Taking control of your organic waste eliminates these risks.

Regulatory Compliance

Most landfills in South Africa have closed or are nearing closure. Municipalities are thus pushing to reduce waste going to landfill by encouraging recycling of both in-organic and organic waste. Johannesburg and Cape Town have set clear objectives of reducing organic waste to landfill by 50% by 2022. We can thus see stringent regulations with financial penalties coming in to reduce waste volumes going to landfill.

Managing Costs

Waste cost inflation is anything from 15% to upwards of 30% per annum depending on your waste provider and where you are. Managing your organic waste yourself gives you direct control of your costs, gives you visibility of your waste volumes allowing you to reduce (and save money), while reducing collection frequencies (due to no on-site rotting).

Earth Cycler In-Vessel Composting Machine

  • The Earth Cycler easily handles up to 5,000kg of food waste per month (including carbon component (wood chips, saw dust, waste cardboard/paper).
  • This is a flow through system with a very small footprint (fits into a car parking space).
  • Energy consumption is very low at 34kWh per month.
  • The Earth Cycler measures inputs and output weights as well as compost temperature.
  • All functions are controlled through a touch pad on the composter or via a mobile phone.
  • A data link enables the Earth Cycler to be remotely managed and receive over-the-air software updates as well as feed data to online dashboards.

Earth Cycler’s have been installed in Johannesburg (FNB, Standard Bank and Discovery), Mpumalanga (Kusile Power Station) as well as lodges and resorts in Botswana and Zambia. A brochure is available here.

heron In-Vessel Composting Machine

  • Depending on model, the heron IVC can process up to 60,000kg per month.
    • 18m3 unit will process up to 30,000kg
    • 24m3 unit will process up to 45,000kg
    • bespoke larger units are processing up to 60,000kg per month.
  • This in-vessel composter is fully automated and can be connected to remote access and building management (BMS) systems.

In Johannesburg, these composting machines have been installed at Emperors Palace, Eastgate Shopping Centre, Sandton City, the Lifestyle Garden Centre and Canal Walk in Cape Town. A brochure is available here.