For the last year at Cordis, Auckland, a team member has been working day and night in the back of the house, turning food waste into water.
ORCA is a stainless-steel container with a door for employees to deposit food waste. The machine ‘consumes’ the food, mimicking the human digestion process.
The machine creates the perfect thermophilic biological environment for micro-organisms to digest food waste, turning it into liquid which is carried away through sewage.
“We have prioritised waste minimisation and diversion of organic wastes to landfill as a major operational focus. All departments follow a waste management hierarchy policy to reduce, reuse, recycle and recover and all our food waste has been diverted from landfill, now processed onsite by the ORCA technology,” said Franz Mascarenhas, managing director, Cordis, Auckland.
Cordis, Auckland has now eliminated the need to truck food waste, which also reduces emissions from road use and composting, helping reduce overall landfill.
“Cordis, Auckland is proud to be the first hotel in New Zealand to introduce the waste management system which turns 1000 kgs of discarded material into environmentally safe water, every 24 hours.
“As the first Earthcheck platinum certified Hotel in Australasia, we continually strived to lead Langham Hospitality Group’s efforts to promote sustainability in our business practices and we are always looking out for innovative new initiatives to improve our efficiency and business practices.”