Reducing and managing food waste: Emerson

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by Dina Maaty | Published 9 months ago

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A report released by the Dubai Industrial Park and The Economist Intelligence Unit has revealed that annual food waste is estimated at 427kg per person in Saudi Arabia and 197kg per person in the UAE, compared with 95-115kg in Europe and North America, with hotels being the biggest source of food waste.

What’s a disposer?

  • A food waste disposer is a modern kitchen appliance offering an easy, practical alternative for managing food waste.
  • It’s installed under the kitchen sink and attached to a drain.
  • With cold water running from the kitchen tap, the disposer can be turned on using a wall switch or sink-top switch.
  • Within seconds, it grinds food waste into fine particles, which are then flushed into the septic or sewage system.

Simply stated, food waste disposers provide a clean, convenient and environmentally responsible method of ridding the kitchen of food scraps. At the touch of a button, food waste is dealt with hygienically and instantly – rather than leaving it in a bin to attract smells, bacteria and insects.

Disposers help reduce truck and landfill methane emissions, landfill leachate, and water table contamination. Food waste can be recycled into renewable energy and fertilisers, with disposers making recycling easier by helping separate it from bottles, cans, plastic and paper.

The problem with food waste is that:

  • Millions of tonnes of food waste are generated each year.
  • Decomposing food in the trash gives off odours and attracts bugs and rodents.
  • Decomposing food produces a methane gas that is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

A food waste disposer helps by:

  • Keeping food waste out of garbage cans, trucks and landfills.
  • Grinding food waste so it can be converted into renewable energy at wastewater treatment plants.

InSinkErator food waste disposers have been starving landfills for over 75 Years

Not only do they offer practical, contemporary convenience, but disposers also provide an environmentally sound answer to the growing problem of food waste. With a disposer, it’s finely ground and sent to a wastewater treatment plant, where it can be converted into fertiliser, energy and clean water.

Disposers also use minimal amounts of water and electricity. The environmental advantages of food waste disposers were documented in third party studies from around the globe.

Quick facts:

  • Emerson directly supports the goals of the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 to increase the sustainability and competitiveness of the economy.
  • Not only is Emerson the largest manufacturer of disposals, they’re also the original creators having invented garbage disposals in 1927. Since entering the market in 2010, Emerson has seen double digit growth year on year for the InSinkErator.
  • The UAE has some of the highest rates of accredited green buildings in the world. With the InSinkErator, Emerson has worked on many projects in the past few years, including ones in collaboration with Dubai Sustainable City and the ICCA (International Centre for Culinary Arts).
  • Emerson is also currently working on several projects on Dubai’s Jewel of the Creek, providing sustainable solutions to many of the hotels, restaurants, apartments and offices within the project.

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