As schools around the country continue to look for cost-cutting, environmentally-sustaining solutions to their waste management, the Eco-Safe products offered by American Waste & Recycling Equipment are already generating new ways for eco-savvy thinkers to “go green” while also putting a little more green back into their own pockets.

According to a study by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency of Minnesota public schools, food waste makes up 23.9% of the total waste generated by schools — the single most common type of waste. With this waste also comes cost, as storage, hauling and disposal fees tend to eat up both time and money that could be better spent elsewhere.DSC_0127

With the Eco-Safe Digester, however, those would-be costs are immediately cut.

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.

With the Eco-Safe Digester, there is no food waste to store or transport, no solids generated, and no extra handling is required. This lack of stagnant on-site waste can also lead to the reduction of foul odors, rodents and slip-and-fall accidents.

“It keeps the staff in the kitchen, instead of outside where they could slip and fall,” said American Waste & Recycling Equipment CEO Dr. Ian S. Goldbaum, who notes that 25 percent of slip-and-fall injuries happen in the workplace.
“You’re not carrying liquid waste around, which prevents both potential hazards and cleanup jobs for employees. The absence of food waste also reduces the chances of attracting rats, roaches and other unwanted pests.”

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.

As for installation, the machine requires a hot and cold water supply, 208V – 30 amp – 3 phase electricity, and a 3″ to 4″ floor drain. Then, once the customer completes the plumbing and electrical roughing, installation can usually be completed in one day.

With this on-site food waste disposal, your institution will quickly see costs begin to decrease as employee efficiency increases. For although some waste will still need to be processed by a cardboard baler or trash compactor, trips to the dump and handling time will be severely reduced thanks to the Eco-Safe Digester.

“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.”

As the world looks to curb its environmentally-damaging habits, it’s more important than ever to not only implement necessary measures to prevent food waste, but to also mold the minds of younger generations into a more eco-friendly way of thinking. With the Eco-Safe Digester, students are given a first-hand look at how technology is being used to save the planet. It’s a device that can not only be used to increase an institution’s bottom line, but also as a teaching device for each and every student.


According to the United Nations Environment Program, there are more than 34 million tons of food waste ends up in landfills every year, and that waste, in turn, is leading to the release of harmful methane gas that damages the environment.

With the Eco-Safe Digester, a smart system linked to BioHitech’s cloud (Biobrain) 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, institutions 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 within the local community.

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