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The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs & The Veterans Canteen Service Tackle Food Waste Management With BioHitech America’s Unique Solution

The VA focuses on diverting waste from harmful landfills

CHESTNUT RIDGE, NY – October 16, 2014 – BioHitech America, the most innovative and
sustainable solution to food waste removal, is pleased to announce that they will providing their
food waste disposal solution to The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) for their multiple
facilities located across the US. The Veterans Canteen Service (VCS) operates the retail, food
and vending for these facilities; and they will be utilizing the technology for the VA.

With the assistance of one of BioHitech America’s leading distributors, the Vanella Group, the
VA plans to integrate Eco-Safe Digesters, an on-site aerobic digester that eliminates food waste
by converting it into nutrient-neutral water and transporting the water safely through standard
sewer lines, into their day-to-day actions over the next five years. If utilized across the entire VA
platform, the resulting diversion from landfill for the VA would be approximately 45,000 tons of
food waste each year.

“After researching the few options for food waste disposal, and weighing the risks and rewards
of each solution, we felt BioHitech’s on-site solution was the most environmentally and
economically friendly way to divert waste from going to landfills,” says Ted Hudson, National
Sustainability Officer of the VCS. “BioHitech America’s solution will not only allow us to divert
the waste, but also give us information to help prevent and reduce waste wherever possible.
This strategy will take the VA a step closer to helping achieve a world without waste.”

To stay consistent with President Obama’s Executive Order 13514 to reduce waste and
promote environmentally-responsible technologies, the Eco-Safe Digester will help the VA
uphold the efforts of this order by reducing greenhouse gas emissions with every pound of
waste diverted. In addition to the carbon reductions, this specific digester falls within the order’s
cost-effective project requirements and will improve the VA’s overall efficiency in dealing with

The BioHitech solution combines green technology with the power of big data. Through a
reliable, manageable and secure reporting platform, the VA can access real-time data that they
can share throughout their organization to optimize their food waste process, drive companywide
efficiencies, track the progress across geographies, monitor utilization, and report on

“Visibility across departments, facilities, and geographies is key to driving the behavioral
changes needed to tackle food waste issues facing our country today,” said Frank E. Celli, Chief
Executive Officer of BioHitech America. “We look forward to helping the VA achieve their
sustainability goals.”

About The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system with over
1,700 sites of care, serving 8.76 million Veterans each year. To learn more about VA health
care, visit

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 was recently selected to participate in the exclusive Credit Suisse Private
Innovation Circle event. Their solution is the leading sustainable method that allows businesses
to move towards the prevention of waste altogether. For more information, please visit

About Vanella Group
The Vanella Group is Minnesota’s premier facility management organization and a proven
provider of comprehensive waste, recycling and environmental services.
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