Empirical research has shown that on-site composting has two key financial benefits for canteen operators:
Research conducted by Champions 123 found that initiatives to reduce food waste in the food service industry generated an ROI of greater than 14:1 (depending on the specific sector).
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).
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.
What happens when your organic waste is not collected? Perhaps due to a labour strike, protests blocking the road or even COVID-19? The organic waste rots and smells and can become a disease vector that threatens the health of your employees. Taking control of your organic waste eliminates these risks.
In an age of social media where one 'influencer' can seriously enhance (or damage) your brand, it's good to be on-trend in terms of the environment.
Composting food waste can reduce CO2e emissions by 617kg/tonne while also, by recycling nutrients, enhancing the health of your landscape soil (which in turn reduces CO2e emissions).
On-site waste management gives you a clear view of your waste volumes, enabling easy and clear reporting of waste volumes which can contribute to reduction interventions.
Bokashi composting is great for small commercial kitchens and canteens generating volumes up to 1,500kg per month.
Available in 50L or 100L bins the bokashi fermentation keeps your kitchen clean, vermin and odour free.
Earth Cycler's have been installed at Discovery, Standard Bank Insurance Brokers, FNB Call Centre, Kusile Power Station (by Tsebo), and Philip Morris International. A brochure is available here.