Alternative wastewater disposal systems reduce groundwater pollution by decomposing organic wastes or removing nutrients more effectively. Hand dryers reduce water and paper towel use, alternative treatments for cooling tower water reduce chemical use, and carpet tile allows modular replacement of worn areas. In screening products for this area, we focus on quantifiable environmental benefits and strong performance records.
Hobart's WastePro 1200 is a commercial food-waste pulper that chops and concentrates waste and removes water in a commercial cafeteria or restaurant. The primary advantages touted by the manufacturer include waste volume reduction (up to 88%), labor savings, and reduced solids delivery to the sewer system, but the WastePro system can also be configured to deliver concentrated organic waste to a composting or biogas digesting system to recover resources from the waste stream. (For use in composting or a digester, policies should be employed to use only biodegradable materials, and signage should be used to help keep non-biodegradable plastics and other materials out of the waste stream.)
Enabling commercial, public, and apartment building and campus occupants to be good environmental stewards is important. Systems that make it easy to recycle wastes should be provided in offices, institutions, apartment buildings, and other public spaces.
GreenSpec lists equipment and systems that make recycling and composting easier and more efficient for occupants and facility managers.
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