Case Study

Sydney Institute of Tafe – Loftus Hospitality

April 2005 – September 2006


The goal of the Loftus Hospitality case was to divert as much organic waste as possible from landfill sites for Loftus Campus teaching kitchen food waste through the implementation of the Pulpmaster Organic Recycling System.

The objectives were:

  1. To analyse the current organic waste stream of the teaching kitchens at Loftus
  2. To identify the volume of organic waste and other recyclables
  3. To implement the Pulpmaster Food Waste Recycling System
  4. To reduce the use of plastic bin liners
  5. To reduce waste to landfill
  6. To reduce OH&S risks
  7. To reduce waste managements costs
  8. To enhance the environment


After a 12 month period in which significant testing and analysis continued, results were listed according to three categories: environmental and social, occupational health and safety, and financial.

Environmental & Social

The benefits of the Pulpmaster Organic Recycling System were to be seen in the following:

  • a reduction in black plastic bags to landfill, estimated at 10,200 bags
  • a reduction of organic food waste to landfill of 84 tonnes, with a corresponding reduction of approximately 77 tonnes of methane
  • the production of sustainable green electricity with a corresponding 259 tonne reduction in CO2 emissions
  • green energy produced provided power for 86 homes for a month
  • the production of 8.4 tonnes of organic fertilizer produced from organic food waste
  • recycling of non-food recyclable waste totaling 22.24 tonnes

Occupational Health & Safety

The benefits of the Pulpmaster Organic Recycling System were to be seen in the following:

  • reduced back strain risk through the reduction in carrying heavy food waste bags to the outside dumpster bin
  • reduced slip/fall risk through the reduced risk of plastic bag and spent cooking oil spillage on the floors
  • reduced vector attraction through improved hygiene and odour reduction in the back of house and outside waste storage facility
  • the elimination of fruit fly activity from the kitchen area


The benefits of the Pulpmaster Organic Recycling System were to be seen in the following:

  • a reduction in waste disposal costs to landfill totaling $4,800 per annum
  • a reduction in the cost of black plastic bags totaling $1,020 per annum
  • savings in kitchen labour efficiencies of $4,000 per annum
  • reduction in cooking oil disposal costs of $2,000 per annum
  • cost of Pulpmaster system installation paid back after 7 months

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  • Made from stainless steel
  • Easy to read LCD screen display
  • Solid and liquid waste cycle
  • Easy cleaning cycle and flexi hose
  • Vermin proof
  • Splash guard
  • Automated SMS communication for collection
  • Automatic lid
  • Emergency stop button

Pulpmaster benefits:

  • Cheaper than traditional waste removal
  • Quicker than traditional waste removal systems
  • Reduced exposure of OH&S risks – reduced need for staff to dispose of waste to outdoor bins
  • Low contamination levels with other forms of recyclable waste
  • Space saving – the unit is compact and efficient
  • Clean and tidy – made of stainless steel, easy to clean and vermin proof
  • Labour efficiency gains – less time taken to dispose of waste
  • Great for the environment – food waste is diverted from landfill and converted to organic fertiliser and electricity

Suitable for:

  • Commercial kitchens
  • Fruit & Veg shops
  • Clubs & Pubs
  • Shopping Centres
  • Food Processing Plants
  • Nursing Homes
  • Hospitals
  • Education Facilities
  • Accommodation Facilities

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