How our food composters work

As the need for us to become more sustainable in our businesses and daily lives becomes more obvious, there are several fantastic technologies that can assist us in making a difference for our planet while also saving money. Food composters can be part of this solution. 
If food waste and/or compostable packaging is a problem you’re already dealing with or worried about it. Food composters may be the simple answer you’ve yet to discover. An food digester uses the natural breakdown of food waste by microbes. Full aerobic digestion would break down food waste into carbon dioxide and water in a relatively short amount of time in an oxygenated environment. Our food composters try to replicate this process by turning food waste – compostable packaging and PLA/PHA into a liquid effluent that can be deposited into current sewer systems – or stored to use as furtilizer.

All living species, including our own bodies, follow the same laws that control this process. In fact, commercial aerobic digestion technology is sometimes referred to as a “mechanical stomach” since it closely resembles the human digestive process.

Food waste digestion aids in the management of organic waste where it is created. Choosing to treat your food and compostable packaging waste on site can help you address some of the major food waste challenges, such as eliminating the need for waste to be trucked to a landfill.
Microorganisms efficiently degrade organic waste, and they do it significantly faster in our machine than natural breakdown. It’s also much less destructive to the environment.

food composters started 70 years ago

Since the early 1950s, researchers have been studying aerobic digestion, and since the 1980s, many sewage treatment plants have used a combination of aerobic and anaerobic digestion. Modern food composters are now an accessible, sustainable, and cost-effective solution for organic food waste disposal in most organizations, notably in the hospitality industry, thanks to advances in research and technology over the last few decades.

Aerobic digestion, on the other hand, should not be confused with anaerobic digestion. Anaerobic digestion, while similar to aerobic digestion, does not require oxygen and is thus slower and less effective. Anaerobic digestion also produces methane, a harmful greenhouse gas that we want to avoid, as well as hydrogen sulfide, also known as “rotten egg gas.” To cope with food waste, food waste digesters use aerobic digestion.

1. Fill the food composters with organic food waste.
2. Incorporate unique microbial blends
3. To aid aerobic digestion, the digestor oxygenates food waste.
4. Food waste is digested and broken down into tiny bits before being discharged as wastewater.
5. The wastewater is filtered through a screen and grease arrestor before being discharged into the existing plumbing system.

videos of food composters in action

Decomposition time

Our food composters can be used 24/7. And food waste can be added during the day. This prevents overloading the food digester when all the food waste from one day is added all at once. There are a lot of reasons why one food waste type digest quicker than another one. Most of the food waste will digest within 24 hours. Size, hardness of the product, and amount of water in the product

For compostable packaging and bioplastic, it is the same. There is also a big difference in composting time. Especially when the material is thicker and has a large size. Therefore it will most likely take longer to digest PLA and other compostable packaging in our food composters than it does to compost food waste. 

food composters

for PLA PRODUCTS

Polylactic acid, also known as poly(lactic acid) pla, or polylactide is a thermoplastic aliphatic polyester derived from renewable resources, such as corn starch (in the United States), tapioca roots, chips or starch (mostly in Asia), or sugarcane (in the rest of the world).

Biodegradable polymers such as PLA are designed to resist a number of environmental factors during use but to be biodegradable under disposal conditions.

The biodegradation of polylactide (PLA) was studied at different elevated temperatures in both aerobic and anaerobic, aquatic, and solid-state conditions. In the aerobic aquatic headspace test the mineralization of PLA was very slow at room temperature, but faster under thermophilic conditions. The clear effect of temperature on the biodegradability of PLA in the aquatic tests indicates that its polymer structure has to be hydrolyzed before microorganisms can utilize it as a nutrient source.

The results of these studies demonstrate that PLA is biodegradable in both aerobic and anaerobic thermophilic conditions. The temperature was shown to be the major factor regulating the biodegradation behaviour of PLA.

In thermophilic conditions, anaerobic biodegradation of PLLA was even faster than biodegradation in aerobic conditions, probably due to lactic acid being a more favorable substrate for anaerobic than for aerobic microorganisms.

The Benefits of our food composter

Our machine can compost bioplastics

Compost all compostable packaging

No harmfull micro plastics in greywater

Special plant-based BioChips

Reduces or eliminates trash disposal

Reduce frequency and size of collection

Deep technical and operational experience

Waste does not go to a landfill (no methane)

Reduces carbon footprint

Free of odors

Quiet operation

Eliminate flies, rodents, and smells

Our Magic Sauce

Magic powder: In most countries, it’s not allowed to put compostable packaging (PLA-PHA etcetera) into the industrial composting waste stream. Most of the compostable packaging products are designed to compost in facilities like this, but still, they are not allowed to be processed in an industrial composting facility. We wanted to solve this problem and give the companies using compostable packaging a good alternative.

We have searched for years to find the right bio cultures to compost different kind of compostable packaging – especially PLA give us some headaches. But we finally found a solution and combined it with this amazing food composter. 

Plant-based Biochips

Biochips: We wanted to create food composters that can digest food and compostable packaging that has a positive impact on the environment. The reason why most companies switch to plant-based packagings like PLA bottles, cups and cutlery is that they want to step away from fossil plastic. Fossil plastic creates microplastics in the environment –  Microplastic creates numerous health issues for animals and people. 
That’s why we needed to find a solution for the biochips. Because all other food composters are using biochips made from fossil plastic, that release microplastic into the greywater and into our water stream. And after several years when the Biochips are replaced by new ones. the old ones are dumped in the garbage onto the landfill or incineration. Where they create even more harmful toxic and microplastics. 

And that’s why we created our special 100% plant-based biochips for our food composter. 
No harmful microplastics, no harmful toxic, Nothing. And you know what the beauty is from our Biochips? You don’t need to remove them from the food composters! When you add the new biochips you just leave the old ones in because they slowly decompose in our food composters.

Our food composters

Our food compostesr, Is composting food waste on-site in 24 hours with no odor or noise. Significantly reduce the cost to dispose of and manage waste food. Eliminate smells, mess, and pests from your trash bins. By using the food digester, you are reducing the amount of space and energy needed to remove the unwanted food scraps from your facility. It doesn’t need collecting, transporting, or piling up in a landfill.

Our food composter is even more special! Besides what all other food digesters can do (composting food), ours can also digest compostable packaging and plant-based plastics like PLA and PHA. This will lower your waste stream, even more, reduce even more costs, and give your organization on-site control over a large portion of the total waste.

Small food composters

Medium food composters

Large food composters

Small

Machines with a waste process capacity from 10  to 50 kilo’s / day.

Medium

Machines with a  waste process capacity from 100 to 500 kilo’s / day.

Large

Machines with a waste process capacity from 1000  to 10000 kilo / day.