Ramada Hotel & Suites Ajman seeks to boost its current food waste management scheme through the installation of a new WasteStation machine.
Developed and distributed by the UK-based Imperial Machine Company (IMC), the WasteStation is 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.
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. 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 WasteStation 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 managed, lidded bins and the grey water fed directly to drain. The food waste will then be placed into the compost machine which Ramada Ajman had since 2012. The fertilisers are being used in the hotel’s own urban farm.
Iftikhar Hamdani, General Manager, Ramada Hotel & Suites Ajman, commented: “We are proud to be again, the first to have an in-house food waste macerator and dewaterer. We thank IMC for providing us an opportunity to use an advanced system; an existing 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.”
Matt Roberts, Vice President for International Sales – GCC, Imperial Machine Company, said: “IMC is honoured to partner with Ramada Hotel & Suites Ajman, as they are the pioneer in hotel waste management system here in the UAE. We are confident that our collaboration with them will encourage other companies and establishments to step up their food waste disposal procedure, and help them save time and costs, and at the same time, benefit the environment.”