Using Ecovim technology reduces the amount of waste going into landfills, limits global warming greenhouse gas emissions, and thereby helps preserve the environment. But that’s not the only reason companies like Marriott, Hyatt, and Omni Resorts have installed Ecovim machines in their kitchens. It’s commendable to be environmentally aware, but it’s even better to be environmentally aware and profitable at the same time.
Cost savings by facilities using the Ecovim come from a reduction in the quantity of waste that must be transported to landfills, a reduction in waste disposal fees, and collateral cost savings resulting from using the Ecovim output for fertilizer and other purposes.
On-site organic waste reduction is increasingly beneficial to the bottom line as energy and other transportation costs continue to rise. The Ecovim Organic Dehydrator converts food waste on-site by up to 93% in weight and volume within nine to twenty-three hours depending on the composition of the input waste. This reduction translates directly to reduced costs.
The experience of the Santa Fe, New Mexico public schools provides a good example of how introduction of Ecovim machines can make a huge difference in the amount of food waste that must be hauled away at public expense. Before the introduction of Ecovim machines, one school was filling 14 to 15 large trash bags with garbage during each lunch period. Each of these bags weighed 25 to 35 pounds. After Ecovim units were installed, food waste volume was reduced to 2 bags, each light enough to be lifted with one finger.
In addition to rising transportation costs, Federal, state and local legislation restricting the use of landfills is increasing the fees charged for disposal of waste in these facilities.
During the Ecovim treatment process, the waste organic matter is dehydrated, sterilized, and deodorized so that the end products are potable water and a dry granular material. We can refer to this material as compost. The compost that is recovered from the dehydration process can be sold or used in a number of ways including:
- Use as a fertilizer or soil amendment: Some Ecovim customers have realized cost savings by using the compost to reduce landscaping costs at their facilities. This material can also be sold to third parties.
- Sale for the production of Biochar: Biochar is charcoal that can be used to improve soil fertility and reduce levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Biochar can be manufactured by heating Ecovim compost.
In addition to income derived from use of the compost produced by the Ecovim technology, sterilized potable water is recovered at a rate of 1 gallon for every 10 lbs. of food wastes processed. This water can be safely discharged down the waste water system or store and use for irrigation or cleaning.