Developed and distributed by a UK-based company, the machine is touted as an innovative food waste macerator and dewatering unit. In addition to the hotel’s existing compost machine which converts its food waste into fertilisers, the newly-installed machine will further simplify the process and cut down the labour, according to Ramada. The hotel generates an average of 360 kg of kitchen waste daily, including fruit and vegetable peels and food scraps, among others. Its previous compost machine can hold up to 80kg of waste, but the new WasteStation has a capacity of processing 700 kg of food waste per hour says the hotel. It also reduces the process of converting the waste into fertilisers from 24 hours to just 12 hours. WasteStation functions by grinding the food waste into fine particles, which are then fed directly into the built-in dewatering system.
The machine then forces out the excess liquid from the macerated waste using a centrifugal action. The resulting solid fraction of the food waste is collected in small, easily manageable bins and the grey water flows directly into the drain. The food waste will then be placed in the compost machine already installed at Ramada Ajman. The fertilisers are used in the hotel’s own urban farm. “We are proud to be again, the first to have an in-house food waste macerator and dewaterering a compost machine has already been in place, but this WasteStation will help improve and hasten the process and increase efficiency in our waste management scheme,” said Iftikhar Hamdani, General Manager, Ramada Hotel & Suites Ajman.