As a business, it is your duty to maintain a waste reduction and recycling program that addresses food waste. At this point, the EPA estimates that more than 30 million tons of food waste is transported to landfills each year due to both inefficient disposal processes.

Did you know that 30 million tons of food waste ends up in landfills every year?

Did you know that 30 million tons of food waste ends up in landfills every year?

According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), in order for your business to become LEED certified, 50 to 70 percent of food waste must be diverted from landfills and incinerators.

For those who are unaware, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is nationally accepted certification program used to design, operate and construct high performance green buildings. In short, LEED certification ensures that buildings are environmentally compatible, provide a healthy work environment and are profitable.

A LEED certified building currently commands higher rental rates and occupancy than the non-green buildings. These buildings are also awarded points for sustainability for things like energy-efficient lighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures and collection of water to name a few.

When it comes to choosing the right food waste diversion solution for your building, the implementation of an Eco-Safe Digester is the perfect way to help you’re your building improve efficiency and profits, have less of an impact on the local environment, and earn that an important “green” status from LEED.

A revolutionary device from the minds at BioHiTech, the Eco-Safe Digester is simple, easy to use technology that eliminates the need for on-site food waste disposal through a process called aerobic digestion.

When food waste is added to the machine, natural bacteria are on hand to break the scraps down into a nutrient-rich liquid that is then discharged directly through a sewer line to a wastewater treatment facility to be recovered.

The Eco-Safe Digester output does not contain any harmful chemicals and is discharged into the public sewerage system, so there is no requirement to obtain approval from any environment agencies or local water authorities.

“It’s all about limiting the generation of food waste, which in turn puts money back in the pockets of business owners,” said Dr. Ian S. Goldbaum. “There is no budgeting necessary for this product as the initial costs pales in comparison to the current cost of standard food waste disposal.”

With the Eco-Safe Digester, a smart system linked to BioHitech’s cloud (Biobrain) also works to identify the trends and inefficiencies within businesses that lead to this unnecessary food waste. With this data, businesses are able to see how much food they are wasting, where it is coming from and what changes they need to make in order to reduce their carbon footprint and increase their bottom line.

BioHiTech estimates that 30,000 pounds of food waste saved per month at one location equates to 24.7 barrels of oil, 8.7 acres of forest and over 1,100 gallons of gas.

“Regulations are starting to be passed and moved in favor of the fact that we have to get waste out of landfills,” BioHiTech CEO Frank Celli recently told “Getting everything out is impossible, but food waste is a big chunk; 30-to-40 percent is a big slice.”

With the Eco-Safe Digester, businesses are able to proudly back their claims of compliance with food waste disposal regulations while also publicizing their environmental efforts in order to boost their ever-important green credentials, such as LEED certification.

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