ORCA food waste recycling tech debuts in Ireland
WPM Green Energy, a sustainability services and solutions provider, has launched ORCA, an on–site aerobic food waste recycling technology at The Yacht restaurant in Clontarf, the first food business in Ireland to adopt this new technology.
9 July 2019
The Yacht restaurant in Clontarf, Dublin, has become the first business in Ireland to embrace ORCA technology, a revolutionary disposal system that turns food waste into water that flows straight into the local sewage system.
ORCA stands for Organic Refuse Conversion Alternative. The technology is already in use in thousands of businesses in more than a dozen countries worldwide. It is ideal for use in any foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, grocery, marine vessel – indeed any place where food waste is generated. It also reduces the amount of waste that is ending in a landfill and helps clients to achieve their sustainability initiatives.
“We’re excited to add WPM Green Energy as the newest distributor of the ORCA technology,” said Louis Anagnostakos, CEO of ORCA Digesters. “As a member of the EU, Ireland is actively working to meet waste targets set out by EU waste legislation. The introduction of the ORCA technology will only expedite the fulfillment of these goals.”
Clontarf pub and restaurant, The Yacht, is the first venue in Ireland to use ORCA. Head chef from The Yacht, Rory Stack, said that the team was concerned about its management of food waste. “Like so many businesses in Ireland today,” says Stack, “we were very concerned about food waste and how we were managing our own.
“We chose the model size that worked for us,” he says. “It doesn’t drain our power, and it has made the world of a difference to us. Sustainability is not a buzz word to us, and ORCA enables us to accurately track every kilogram of food waste we put into it. Using on-board scales, and the ORCA Portal, we can see from the information uploaded how it’s really working for our business.”
Food waste is a key concern in Ireland. Under the UN Sustainable Development goals, the country must half the per capita food waste at retail and consumer level by 2030. At present, in Ireland food waste is treated in composting and anaerobic digestion plants or goes into landfills.