CHESTNUT RIDGE, NY – MARCH 30, 2015 –BioHitech America, a green technology company
that provides an innovative data-driven solution for food waste removal, urges the city of New
York to aggressively start seeking alternative solutions to divert commercial food waste from
landfills. BioHitech America suggests that the city needs to join the likes of governments across
North America implementing commercial food waste bans including Connecticut, Rhode Island,
Massachusetts, Vermont, San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver.
Local law 146 of 2013 requires that large food establishments based in New York City recycle
their food waste by July 1, 2015 provided that an affordable facility exists within a 100-mile
radius of the city that will process the waste at a cost that is competitive with landfills or
incinerators. The closest facility of its kind shut down its food waste operation in late 2014 and
another facility has yet to be identified.
“New York City is unfortunately falling behind and is not demonstrating any clear plans to deal
with the 2 million tons of waste it sends to landfills each year, said Frank E. Celli, Chief
Executive Officer, BioHitech America. “We recognize the challenges and costs that will arise in
building new recycling facilities to handle capacity, but we encourage the city to start
researching alternative solutions including a combination of compositing, anaerobic-digestion
facilities and on-site alternatives.”
The New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund recently released a proposal to
the city providing organic waste recommendations and BioHitech America strongly supports
their outlined suggestions for diverting 75% of solid waste from landfills and would like to also
suggest to the city that they consider utilizing on-site diversion solutions like the BioHitech
America Eco-Safe Digester.
BioHitech’s solution to food waste removal is the most viable option for generators of mass
amounts of waste like hospitals, restaurants, grocery stores, schools, and hotels. The
company’s Eco-Safe Digester is an on-site aerobic digester that eliminates food waste by
converting it into nutrient-neutral water or “grey-water” and transporting it through standard
sewer lines, thus eliminating the need for waste haulers and additional storage space, and
complies with new waste ban standards. The on-site solution can also be used to reduce and
prepare a more cost-effective feedstock for Anaerobic Digestion.
In addition to diverting food waste, BioHitech America’s solution also offers access to the waste
data to help companies start preventing food waste all together.
The Eco-Safe Digester is equipped with an on board scale that weighs food waste each time it
is added, determining where, when, and what food waste is being disposed. The BioHitech
Cloud, a technology platform hosted by Amazon, measures key metrics to offer businesses the
data needed to optimize the food waste disposal process and identify the best way to prevent it
altogether. These metrics are providing the industry with an unprecedented level of
“Our smart solution will help businesses prevent waste before it is starts. We see companies
significantly reduce the amount of food waste they generate and the costs associated with
wasted inventory and waste removal services since installing our technology,” added Mr. Celli.
BioHitech America currently provides its innovative solution to numerous high volume
generators in various industries in nearly 300 locations across the globe. Their solutions have
helped reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills while also helping business owners and
operators adjust seamlessly to similar bans that have been put into effect.
BioHitech America encourages the city of New York to utilize green technology to help set the
standard for alternative solutions to food waste removal in cities across the nation. In addition,
the city can apply the same technology to hold businesses accountable for demonstrating their
compliance with the ban with real and accurate data. This would be an unprecedented initiative,
positioning New York City as the pioneer in commercial food waste ban reporting.
About BioHitech America
BioHitech America’s unique solution to food waste combines green technology with the power of
Big Data to offer transparency, savings and a sustainable future. The company’s Eco-Safe
Digester, an on-site aerobic digester, eliminates up to 2,400 pounds of food waste in a 24-hour
period by converting it into nutrient-neutral water and transporting the water safely through
standard sewer lines. The BioHitech Cloud, a technology platform hosted by Amazon, measures
key metrics to optimize the food waste disposal process. These metrics are providing the
industry with an unprecedented level of transparency that not only helps to reduce the amount
of waste generated, but also improve company-wide efficiency and profitability.
BioHitech America, a featured company in the exclusive Credit Suisse Private Innovation Circle
event, provides the leading sustainable method that allows businesses to move towards the
prevention of waste altogether. For more information, please visit www.biohitech.com.
BioHitech America Encourages New York City To Proceed With Organics Disposal Ban And Backs Use Of Alternative Disposal Methods
March 30, 2015