Featuring on the Whale Tankers stand at RWM is the BioWhale, a new product line created to help the UK better manage unavoidable food waste. BioWhale will be demonstrated at the show to give visitors the chance to see and learn more about the system.
The BioWhale is a vacuum system that collects, processes and stores food waste at customers’ locations. The food waste is deposited into the system via a hopper, where it is shredded, ground up and mixed into a ‘soup’ that is stored under vacuum for up to three weeks. The ‘soup’ is then removed by a vacuum truck and delivered to an anaerobic digestion plant where it is converted into renewable energy in the form of biogas and organic fertiliser.
Available in three sizes, compact – 4,000 litres, standard – 12,000 litres and large – 24,000 litres, BioWhale offers odour and maintenance free operation. When combined with the logistics and management system, it provides an easy ‘just push the button’ option for chefs and catering managers, requiring no up-front investment and providing a full food waste service from the point the waste is created through to 100% recycling into green energy and organic fertiliser.
Mark Warmington, Managing Director for Whale Tankers, said: “This is a particularly exciting project for us and we’re looking forward to developing this unique opportunity for the UK food service market.
“Food waste disposal is vital to all types of food and catering establishments. By enabling fewer waste collections, it is possible to reduce the number of journeys and in turn, carbon footprint. In addition, by making it simpler to recycle food waste, we are playing an important role in increasing the supply of renewable energy in the UK.”
The BioWhale is manufactured at Whale’s Ravenshaw, Solihull, facility. In addition to manufacturing and supplying the BioWhale system, Whale is providing all aftermarket support including two services per unit per year.