Food waste recycling for business

Onsite Food Waste Recycling Machines for Businesses

Save money, improve your green credentials and help the planet by reducing your carbon footprint.

An on-site food waste recycling machine is a fantastic way to improve your business’s green credentials, whilst saving you money on your waste collection and disposal bills. A Ridan composter is quick and simple to use, and will provide you with fresh, healthy compost.

Do you operate a catering business, or offer catering on your business premises? If so, you will produce a large amount of food waste from food preparation and plate scraps.

For most businesses, this waste is piled into a bin, which requires a regular collection service. In many cases, the food waste ends up in landfill where it rots and creates harmful greenhouse gases, while the liquid by-product seeps into the soil and eventually the water system creating pollution.

Why not break this unnatural, unnecessary cycle by recycling your food waste on-site into natural healthy compost.

Become part of a sustainable solution and increase your company’s green credentials as well as saving money.


Scraping a plate

What can be recycled?

Composting is the decomposition of biodegradable organic matter, including cooked and raw food waste. Kitchen waste and plate scrapings can all be composted, as can garden waste such as grass clippings and dead leaves. The key thing to remember is that if it once lived, then it can be composted.

When the conditions in the Ridan composting machine are correct, microscopic organisms respire and breakdown the matter to produce nutrient rich compost that is perfect for your garden!

How do I use a Ridan food waste composter?

Successful composting all depends on getting the right proportions of carbon and nitrogen rich materials. Too much carbon can cause the materials to be too dry and not break down. Too much nitrogen tends to make the waste go rotten and smelly.

You can compost all food waste (foods past their sell by date, cuttings, peelings, and plate scrapings) and all garden waste (grass clippings, weeds, cuttings, and horse manure). These green waste products are all nitrogen rich, so you need to balance this out with carbon rich products. Carbon rich products need to be hard, dry and absorbent materials. i.e. shredded paper, wood chips, sawdust, cardboard, dead leaves, and straw (brown waste)

How do I get the balance of green and brown waste right?

The composting process happens naturally within the Ridan when the balance of green to brown product is correct, a safe bet is half and half which is a safe way to get started, however over time you can adjust this to suit your waste type.

What comes out?

It takes just two to three weeks for waste food to be composted and pass through the Ridan. The resulting compost will be rich, moist and full of nutrients produced by the composting micro-organisms, it is far richer than normal soil and a haven for any plant life. Depending upon what sort of food was recycled it may be ready to spread straight onto the garden, however it is usually better to mature the compost for a few weeks in a bin of some sort, or a Scotty’s Hot Box where it will continue to compost and break down even further.

When compost is ready it needs to be sieved, you can use a lot of things to do this, large piece of chicken wire for example or a garden riddle. By breaking the compost into smaller, finer pieces, it will be easier for your plants to spread their roots and absorb all the lovely nutrients from the compost.

Which Ridan is Best for Business ?

It depends on the amount of food waste your business is producing, however we typically find at least one large food waste composter will be required. Have a look through the table below to understand which Ridan Food Waste Composter will be right for your business.

Specifications The Small RidanThe Medium RidanThe Large Ridan
Maximum Throughput 80 Litres per week 200 Litres per week 400 Litres per week
Unit Dimensions (meters)2.1L x 1.0W x 1.4H2.4L x 1.0W x 1.5H2.5L x 1.0W x1.6H
Unit Weight (empty)50Kg60Kg70Kg
Price of Ridan £2250 plus vat £2950 plus vat £3650 plus vat
Maturation Boxes1 @ £360 plus vat2 @ £360 each plus vat3 @ £360 each plus vat

Independent advice about food waste recycling

WRAP advise our government about recycling, they have compiled a paper giving advice about the on-site treatment of food waste, click here to have a look it gives a good selection of options.

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