whole foods market north atlantic region waste systems
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- 1. Our region covers Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and the eastern part of Connecticut 38 stores total -30 in Massachusetts 4 Facilities- Bakehouse, Commissary, Seafood Processing Facility, and Distribution Center Huge variations between rural (Hadley MA) to suburban (Framingham) to city (Symphony)
- 2. Two self contained 35 yard compactors one for Compost and one for Trash Baler for OCC cardboard Container for Single Stream Recyclables Designated areas set aside for items we backhaul to our DC Pallets, Fish Vats, Bales of OCC, stretch plastic, # 5 plastic, redeemables for stores with RVMs, etc. Food Donation bins - designated area in receiving
- 3. Totes for Compost
- 4. Installed in our Andover store in June 2014 First grocery store in US to have this system Weve since installed in our River St. Cambridge store We have plans to install in 2 city stores Symphony and Charles River We plan to open a new store with this system in place in 2016
- 5. Table with Grinder Requires electrical and plumbing We put FRP on wall behind, and hand sink nearby Need room around table for someone to work and a cart to be parked Very clean, quick system overall
- 6. No room inside for tank at either Andover or River St, so it was put outside This required insulation to ensure it doesnt freeze in the winter which adds to the size of the tank We are planning to put some tanks inside which wont require insulation
- 7. AndoverTank Tank is sized for estimated food waste load, so it gets emptied about every 14 days. This is flexible, and in some cases, we might end up with a smaller tank, that has to be pumped more often.
- 8. System works well Any issues/concerns have been addressed quickly, great Customer service overall It takes all food waste plus some paper (napkins, paper towels) etc We are working with Emerson to find a solution to also include compostable containers in the future We really like the Anaerobic Digester on a local farm component great story and also produces energy Pricing compared to traditional compost system is roughly equivalent, and can be better depending on distance from location to AD (hauling is variable cost)
- 9. We put the ECO2 system into two stores in November South Weymouth and Wellesley ECO2 system was being used in hotels and produce markets in Texas We were the first grocery store to use this specific system Similar technology and system to G2E unit macerates food waste, and then sends slurry to tank.
- 10. Primary difference is this system doesnt add any water in so no plumbing is needed, just electrical Nice size unit, doesnt take up a lot of room Added feature of a clear length of pipe so you can see the waste leaving the unit looks cool and also allows you to see if theres a problem with it moving along
- 11. Because theres no water added in, the tank is smaller than with G2E Insulation still required when placed outside which it was in both of our pilot stores due to lack of space inside Same basic process for being pumped, only difference is LES has their own trucks and infrastructure whereas G2E has partnered with Casella Same destination an anaerobic digester on a local farm same end product.
- 12. From the start, there were certain items that could not be included pineapple tops, meat, coffee grounds We also were not including any paper LES was/is working on upgrading the machine to include all food waste and focusing on those problem areas in particular. They made some changes which did improve the overall performance of the unit. There were also some mechanical issues with the units
- 13. At 3 months into the pilot, we evaluated our waste diversion with this system. It felt like wed taken some steps backward, and more waste was going into our Trash compactor than before. Even though they were working diligently on this we didnt want to go backwards. So we decided to stop using this system until they could work through these issues and give us a system that worked for all food waste plus paper.
- 14. Our goal is to divert as much as possible from our Trash stream we are aiming for Zero Waste at all locations with maximum diversion These systems do a great job of dealing with food waste in a clean, efficient manner but there are some things you cant put in that you can include in compost Biggest challenge for us is our waxed cardboard which is currently included in our compost loads We are working on finding a different solution to this so we can expand the G2E system into more stores.
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