Set in 600 acres of beautiful Northamptonshire countryside, Whittlebury Park has four separate buildings with 254 guest rooms, 36 holes for golf, 50 meeting and conference rooms, bars, restaurants and three distinctive special event venues catered for by seven kitchens. The estate enjoys high demand throughout the year, catering for events including conferences, weddings, and golf and spa days.
Environmental Impact Minimisation
Whittlebury Park is highly committed to environmental impact minimisation, adopting and testing a range of approaches including strict separation and recycling, sending waste for the generation of reusable products, and trialling biomass boilers on site. All staff do their utmost to ensure the best customer service and experience and maintenance of robust environmental and sustainability credentials.
The Right Solution
In the past, food waste from the separate buildings was stored at different site locations awaiting collection for sending to landfill, before it was decided to combine this waste at a single location. Hotel Manager, David Munson, explained: “We wanted to maximise our site cleanliness, while also being more energy efficient and environmentally responsible and originally trialled a drying system, mixing the powder residue with wood pellets to power the heating for our spa on site. But, as well as the right solution for the Environment and the most responsible approach for our business, there had to be a cost benefit.”
A new approach to food waste
The Estate Head Chef, Craig Rose, was instrumental in the decision to try WasteMaster as a more environmentally friendly alternative to the drying system. The first trial machine, requiring only a power supply and air outlet, was installed in 2017 in a convenient area at the rear of the main building. Now part of the daily waste processing cycle, the latest WasteMaster design was installed at Whittlebury Park in August 2018 and now processes between three and six tonnes per month, depending on seasonal activity, as accurately measured by the machine monitoring system.
Reporting on the performance of the system, David says: “WasteMaster has changed the way that we approach food waste for the benefit of the Environment, as well as our business.”
Craig comments: “I have been impressed with the WasteMaster technology and the system has really improved the efficiency of our food waste management with the significant added environmental benefit of minimising the impact of our waste. The WasteMaster support team has also been very responsive, monitoring our food waste processing and managing this effectively. Our porters are also delighted at the ease with which they can load the system.”
Whittlebury Park, located in Whittlebury Northamptonshire, a magnificent hotel, golf, spa, conference and wedding venue and one of the largest spas in the UK, has adopted the WasteMaster on-site food waste conversion system to minimise costs and the impact of its food waste on the environment.
As many businesses were looking for ways to limit their contribution to global warming and their impact on the environment, WasteMaster Pacific launched in late 2018, providing an innovative solution that could reduce the amount of food waste going to landfill and redirect it to biogas or fertiliser.
Now, less than a year later, after being awarded a very exciting project, WasteMaster is developing their first ever 1 tonne machine. It is set to be up and running in Melbourne mid September.
The site is a prominent location within the CBD of Melbourne that currently sends all of it’s organic waste to landfill.
This is an exciting opportunity to show a large audience how WasteMaster can divert waste from ending up in landfill, repurpose it, and convert it to energy.
“It’s a huge promotion of our thinking and our technology. It really is verification and validation of all the hard work we have done, and a way of highlighting our new but strong presence here in Australia” says Rohan Dinn, General Manager of WasteMaster Pacific.
The WasteMaster system reduces the weight and volume of food waste by up to 80 per cent, producing a calorific and odourless residual material. This residual material can then be converted to biomethane, a renewable source of green power.
The green energy from 1 tonne of WasteMaster residual could power 83 homes for a whole day.
Globally, food waste causes approximately 8% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Eliminating global food waste would save 4.4 million tonnes of carbon emissions each year, the equivalent of taking one in four cars off the road.
WasteMaster Pacific looks forward to sharing more once the project is live in Melbourne and making a positive difference in the city that it calls home. Stay tuned.
Food waste conversion specialist Green Eco Technologies (GET) has appointed Rick Woods as its Global Chief Executive Officer, with immediate effect, to spearhead the next stage of the Company’s global growth.
A Non-Executive Director with the Company since 2018, as CEO Rick will oversee the growth strategy for the GET group, which has offices in the UK and Australia and representation in the USA, the UAE and Spain.
Prior to joining Green Eco Technologies, Rick held the position of Executive Director with process re-engineering consultancy The Bevington Group, working with both large and small-sized companies across a diverse range of industries, to develop strategies for business growth and transformation.
A qualified mechanical engineer with experience in business development, strategy, operations and sales, Rick formerly worked for Energy Australia as Chief Transformation Officer. Prior to this he held the position of Group General Manager for Amcor’s fibre packaging business and spent 20 years with Shell International in its downstream oil business, latterly as Regional VP – Aviation for North America.
Commenting on his appointment Rick, said “I am delighted to be taking on the role of Global Chief Executive for Green Eco Technologies and am greatly looking forward to working with everyone in our team to deliver further success.
“Green Eco Technologies’ unique WasteMaster food waste conversion system greatly reduces harmful health, safety and environmental impacts by diverting this waste from landfill while also recycling it as a valuable and useful resource. I am excited at the prospect of maximising our next stage of innovation and development to deliver our latest model to new customers across a wide range of market sectors as quickly as possible. “
Chairman of GET, Gordon Hoen, said:
“We are extremely fortunate to have the advantage of Rick’s extensive experience in leading operational and business growth, at this critical stage in our company’s development.
“Rick has achieved great success in his former roles, and I am looking forward to seeing the benefits that his appointment and unique perspective will bring to grow our business and extend the adoption and introduction of our WasteMaster systems.”
Melbourne – December 5, 2018 – As many businesses look for ways to limit their contribution to global warming and their impact on the environment, a newly formed Australian company, WasteMaster Pacific, has launched an innovative solution that will reduce the amount of food waste going to landfill and redirect it to biogas or fertiliser.
The patented WasteMaster system reduces the weight and volume of food waste by up to 80 per cent, producing a compost-like and odourless residual material. This residual material can then be converted to biomethane, a renewable source of green power.
Globally, food waste causes approximately 14 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Eliminating global food waste would save 4.4 million tonnes of carbon emissions each year, the equivalent of taking one in four cars off the road.
“The Federal Department of Environment and Energy estimates more than five million tonnes of food waste ends up as landfill each year, which is an overwhelming contributor to Australia’s CO2 emissions. But there’s some good news: for every two tonnes of food waste diverted from landfill sites, we can avoid 3.2 tonnes of equivalent landfill greenhouse gas emissions,” said Craig Dugan, CEO of Optimal Group and director of WasteMaster Pacific.
“WasteMaster provides a quick, easy, clean and green system for the management of food waste, which has the potential to reduce Australia’s future carbon emissions. This is why we were so keen to invest in the technology when we first saw it,” he added.
In addition to providing equipment installation and training, WasteMaster Pacific will manage all collection services for its Australian clients, guaranteeing that all WasteMaster-processed food waste is converted into clean energy.
The launch of WasteMaster Pacific Pty Ltd is the result of a joint venture between Optimal Group and Green Eco Technologies. The newly formed company’s mission is to deliver optimised energy solutions for modern businesses.
Mr Gordon Hoen, CEO of Green Eco Technologies UK, said, “We are excited to partner with Optimal, which is an established leader in the Australian energy market, with strong credentials in green technologies. We believe they are a perfect partner to help us establish a strong presence in Australia, building on our success in the UK. Optimal’s strong technical capabilities and national service network will allow us to hit the ground running.”
The WasteMaster system was launched at Waste Expo Australia in October and created an enormous amount of industry interest. WasteMaster Pacific has begun the manufacture of the WasteMaster 400 in Australia, with the first units due for installation by the end of the year.
WasteMaster Pacific, which is owned 50 per cent by Optimal Group and 50 per cent by Green Eco Technologies, located at Optimal’s head office in Mulgrave, Victoria.
About Optimal Group Pty Ltd
Optimal Group is an Australian company delivering tailored energy solutions to the manufacturing, commercial and retail property, services, oil and gas, and many other industries. We proudly support, service and maintain over 420 turbines across Australia, New Zealand and Oceania. Optimal Group supply complete on-site power generation solutions to our customers that are cleaner, cheaper and more reliable. Optimal Group Pty Ltd is the exclusive Australian distributor of Capstone MicroturbinesTM.
About Green Eco Technologies Pty Ltd
Green Eco Technologies develops, supplies and manages innovative, safe, efficient, and environmentally beneficial, on-site solutions for the conversion and re-purposing of putrescible organic waste into reusable resources. Based in the UK, Green Eco Technologies helps customers reduce the impact of food waste disposal both on their businesses and the environment.
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