Holistic Waste management solution for the Indian Hospitality Sector
New Delhi, December 10, 2016: Managing food waste from five star hotels, restaurants, resorts and other commercial hospitality centres is a significant problem that needs to be addressed. Due to an increase in urbanisation and scarcity of land, it has become necessary to manage waste at the source of generation itself. With much focus on Swacch Bharat initiative by the government, the hospitality industry that generates tons of waste every year has to relook at the way food waste is disposed.
If every restaurant/ hotel business starts managing their own food waste, it will reduce the burden on the municipal authorities. However, the adoption of in house waste treatments has been low due to the lack of economic benefits. While most hotels do tie up with waste contractors, due to the lack of sound waste transportation practices and scientific landfills, most of this waste ends up in illegal dump yards.
A solution to the above problem has been addressed by GPS Renewables, a Bengaluru based cleantech company that is solving the urban organic waste management problem in an economical and environmentally clean way.
GPS’ core product BioUrja compact and modern biogas plant that could fit in place of two car parks and generate four commercial LPG cylinders worth of fuel from every ton of food waste. The solution comes pre-fitted with all the components such as shredders, a gas storage system, sludge de-watering system and gas piping to the kitchen along with burners. This ensures that there is zero disruption to the kitchen operations as the installation is smooth and quick.
In the hospitality sector, GPS currently works with ITC Maurya in Delhi, Taj Coromandel in Chennai and Green Park Hotel in Hyderabad.
Case study: ITC Maurya, Delhi
ITC Maurya is one of the flagship properties of the ITC chain of hotels, one of India’s largest hotel chains. ITC Maurya generates 1000 kg per day of kitchen and food waste.The BioUrja plant by GPS processes all kinds of organic waste that is generated at ITC, including, food preparation waste (uncut vegetables, etc) and cooked food waste (cereals, curries, non-vegetarian leftovers, including bones etc). By processing this waste, BioUrja generates upto 85 m3 of PNG equivalent/day (at full capacity). The energy generated from the BioUrja serves as the primary source of fuel for the burners in the kitchens. The kitchens switch to PNG when the biogas runs out. With ITC’s very own waste, GPS is able to replace cooking fuel in their staff kitchen. The system is operated by ITC staff, who had been trained on O&M procedures as a part of the installation process. The high level of automation ensures that even unskilled personnel can carry out the basic operation procedure of feeding the waste in about 2-3 hours every day. GPS, through its proprietary Remote Monitoring System (RMS) tracks the operational parameters 24×7
Impact and advantages of installing BioUrja Plant
· Their kitchen and food waste is handled and processed inhouse
· The energy generated can be used as fuel in the kitchen
· Reduction in dependence on LPG and PNG and reduced expenditure on these fuels.
· Improves green rating of the building
· ITC Maurya mitigates more than 400 tonnes of CO2 annually and Taj Coromandel mitigates more than 200 tonnes of CO2 annually
· Tipping cost of wet waste is nullified
Corporate Comm India(CCI Newswire)