Take a look into your garbage can after you’ve cooked a large meal, and then imagine how much food waste is generated by a restaurant serving hundreds of meals a day. Then multiply that by the tens of thousands of restaurant, school, hospital, and hotel kitchens in the USA. In 2012, Americans discarded 250 million tons of solid waste with 36 million tons of that being food waste. All this garbage has to go somewhere, and most of it ends up in landfills eventually.
Why is that a problem? Ultimately, the problem is that when organic material (food waste) decays, it releases methane. Methane is a greenhouse gas with a global warming potential of more than 20 times that of carbon dioxide. This means that a methane emission will have at least 20 times the effect on temperature as a carbon dioxide emission. For this reason, Federal, State and Local Governments have been banning the disposal of organic material in landfills. For example, Executive Order (EO) 13514, called the “Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance” was signed in 2009 and requires US Government agencies to meet a number of energy conservation, water use, and waste reduction targets including:
- Reducing use of potable water by 26 percent by the year 2020
- Increasing the quantity of organic materials diverted from waste streams by 50 percent before 2015
As increasing numbers of state and local governments follow the Federal Government’s lead, disposing of food waste in landfills is becoming more difficult and expensive. This is where IVS comes in with the Ecovim Organic Dehydrator. The Ecovim can treat a wide range of food waste types including:
- Dairy products like milk and yogurt
- Any kinds of vegetables and fruits
- Meat, poultry, and fish
- Bread and other bakery goods
The Ecovim can also handle paper products like paper plates and cups that often find their way into garbage bins as long as the paper does not exceed fifteen percent of the waste treated.