Intu Metrocentre – IMC solves mounting food waste problem
While celebrating the huge success of its Qube leisure and dining area on the one hand, Intu Metrocentre in Gateshead was left with a mounting problem on the other, namely how to deal with the food waste – approximately 350 tonnes of it per year.
With the introduction of eleven new restaurants in the Qube complex a new solution to waste management was needed quickly and IMC provided the answer with the installation of its Autofeed waste system to process the food waste. The unit is sited in a purpose-built room to provide retailers with the facility to separate out the food waste, avoiding the need to dispose of it in general waste bins.
“Since its installation the IMC Autofeed waste system has processed 356 tonnes of food waste and reduced the weight of the waste by 198 tonnes” explains Dave Dixon, Environmental Services Manager, INTU Metrocentre.
“All food outlets are issued with 23-litre food caddies which are collected and replaced daily at the back door. All the caddies are weighed and the waste is processed through the IMC Autofeed waste system where the food is disposed of into a sealed compactor and sent off for anaerobic digestion. To date, 198 tonnes of processed food waste has gone on for anaerobic digestion.”
“Since its installation the IMC Autofeed waste system has processed 356 tonnes of food waste and reduced the weight of the waste by 198 tonnes” explains Dave Dixon, Environmental Services Manager, INTU Metrocentre
The IMC Autofeed waste system promises to reduce the volume of food waste by 80% and the actual mass by up to 60% and can process up to 700kg of food waste per hour, producing compacted solid waste that can be collected in small, easily manageable bins for onward processing. Self-emptying and self-cleaning, it reduces waste storage, transport and labour costs.
The initiative not only encourages recycling among the centre’s tenants but also future-proofs the site, ready for the possibility that England may soon follow Scotland and Ireland with legislation for increased rebates on non-contaminated waste. A success all round.