Shopping Centre Magazine: The winning strategies for shopping centres looking to do their bit for the environment while cutting the costs associated with managing waste
BioHiTech’s aerobic digester not only disposes of food but is also a cloud-based management tool that remotely monitors and tracks food waste in real-time. BioHiTech’s president Alex, Giacchetti, explains.
When it comes to waste, shopping centres and facilities managers across the country are beginning to think a generation ahead and understand that the decisions they make today will have an effect for years to come. Setting themselves clear sustainability initiatives, changing habits and better communicating the methods of managing waste are the first steps.
However, much more can be done. Visibility behind the waste being generated is a key strategy in reducing waste. In many areas it involves the introduction of new processes, which measure the types and amounts of waste generated.
Food waste in particular is not accurately measured, and businesses are starting to align themselves with cooperative partners that complement their waste prevention goals and provide accurate data.
One proven alternative to composting and anaerobic digestion is BioHiTech Europe’s on-site aerobic digestion technology, the Eco-Safe Digester, which does more than dispose of food waste on-site, it is also a cloud-based management tool that remotely monitors and tracks food waste in real-time.
BioHiTech Europe has recently arrived in the UK and is working closely with a number of shopping centres and facilities management companies, providing well-organised data that allows key staff to track their food waste, highlighting trends and frequencies by time, date and even by retailer.
With the significant environmental pollution caused by trucks traveling often hundreds of miles to disposal facilities, and the growing evidence of the negative impact of diesel emissions on human health, together with the associated greenhouse gases, it is clear that traditional disposal of food waste is anything but environmentally sustainable.
It is going to take more than the sum of individual solutions to solve the issues around food waste, but working smarter proves that genuine sustainability does have economic, social and environmental benefits.