Vernon, AL. (June 13, 2011) — Marathon Equipment Company and BioHitech America
have announced a strategic alliance to promote organic waste processing products worldwide.
Industry experts estimate that more than 40 percent of the food produced in the United
States—over $50 billion—is thrown into the garbage every year. This equates to over 32 million
tons of food waste, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates costs over $1 billion
annually in disposal costs.
In its commitment to help customers reduce the costs associated with managing solid waste,
Marathon, an industry leader in compaction and recycling equipment, has sought the expertise of
Allendale, NJ-based BioHitech America in addressing the growing challenge of effectively handling
organic waste. BioHitech has worked with inventor, Mr. Chun Il Koh, and his company, BioHitech
International, who have created a unique organic waste decomposition system, to bring this cutting
edge technology to the United States.
This system, marketed as the Marathon Eco-Safe Digester™, uses a highly refined formula
of microorganisms that breaks down organic waste and converts it into a liquid that can be safely
flushed down the drain, enabling the effluent to return to the ecosystem as water. The Eco-Safe
Digester can quickly and safely decompose virtually all organic food waste including, but not limited
to, meat, poultry, fish, grains, dairy products, fruits, and vegetables. Approximately 100 gallons of
effluent is produced by every 1,200 pounds of food processed.
The Eco-Safe Digester helps divert waste from landfills while delivering multiple
environmental benefits and measurable cost savings. According to Geoff Apthorp, Vice President of
Engineering and Business Development at Environmental Solutions Group (ESG), of which
MARATHON AND BIOHITECH AMERICA ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC ALLIANCE TO PROMOTE ORGANIC WASTE SOLUTIONS
June 13, 2011