Summer school in Italy using Big Hanna for their food waste

We believe it in creating systems that minimizes waste because it is a major tool in reducing CO2 emissions and fighting climate change. Treating waste close to the source raises social awareness. This is exactly what this school in Italy is doing with our Big Hanna composter – raising awareness.

The Municipality of Fiorano Modenese has applied for and received funding from Atersir, the Emilia-Romagna Territorial Agency for water and waste services, as a funding tender, ranking 16th out of 41 projects submitted, for the realization of the project ‘Compost kmzero’, within a series of municipal initiatives to combat waste and reduce waste. 

The Florentine project led to the purchase of a Big Hanna composter accompanied by a small communication campaign for local school pupils and their families.

The composter was installed at the Luisa Guidotti primary school in Crociale, to treat the food waste from preparation and leftovers of meals made for pupils and children attending the municipal summer camps, with the aim to spread knowledge and encourage the good practice of composting and raise the awareness of reduction of food waste in particular and of waste in general.

During the cutting of the ribbon in the presence of the municipal and scholastic authorities and a representative of Atersir, the operators at the school carried out the first load of food waste, while the 300 students involved in the project were distributed personalized boxes containing a small sample of compost and seasonal flower bulbs to plant as well as an illustrated leaflet on the advantages of composting and the operation of the composter.

The project estimates a potential reduction of 4-5 tons of waste per year. The installed composter can treat 75 to 100 kg / week, equal to about 10-15 kg per day of food waste produced by the school canteen as well as significant percentages of green waste originating from the maintenance of the school park. The estimated reduction is around 80% in volume and weight.

“The objective of the project – explains the councilor for the environment, Riccardo Amici, is to make the faculty, pupils, children and their families and the janitors of the school complex where the electromechanical composter will be installed, aware of the process of biological degradation of organic waste and use of the composter every day. It is considered in this way to inform and form, through events, dedicated moments and descriptive panels, even the families gravitating around the school, on the opportunity to carry out domestic composting, favoring virtuous behaviors to reduce food waste and reducing the volume of waste sent to the urban collection service, favoring the production of quality compost to be reused on the spot “.

With the installation of Fiorano Modenese, the Big Hanna machines delivered to all over Italy rise to 59 with as many as 35 already in full operation!

Read the article written by our distributor Achab Groupe in Italian:

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Recycling and Litter Prevention Community Grant Success Story: Akron Zoo

Text from: OHIO EPA – We want to share this success story with the Big Hanna readers!

Since 2011, the Akron Zoo has diverted more than 3.6 million pounds of organic waste from landfills. Previously, the zoo had been using an outside vendor who would collect their organic waste and take it to a composting facility. After experiencing changes with their initial organic hauler and increasing limitations on acceptable organic material, Akron Zoo decided to look for alternative solutions for their organic waste to help them reach their long-term goal of being a zero-waste organization. After evaluating their options, the Akron Zoo decided that the Big Hanna in-vessel composting unit was best suited for their needs. The finished compost produced in four to six weeks, is used at the Akron Zoo for soil amendment and for landscaping through partnerships by groups like Keep Akron Beautiful and Let’s Grow Akron.

The community development grant from Ohio EPA’s Recycling and Litter Prevention Program (R&LP), along with match funds from Akron Zoo, were used to pay for the composting unit and other equipment. The Big Hanna unit will allow the zoo to compost 20,000 pounds of organic waste annually, including some typically difficult items to compost like vegetable flatware and animal waste. The Big Hanna and the building that encloses it serves as a model and educational opportunity for the zoo and its visitors to learn about sustainability. The zoo has hosted more than 200 tours of the facility, including institutions like Akron Public Schools, Kent State University and Goodyear. Akron Zoo has collaborated with other organizations such as the University of Akron by using some of their organic waste.

Through the R&LP community and litter grants, Ohio EPA offers funds to local governments of up to $200,000 per applicant for the collection and processing of recyclables. Communities and non-profits can also receive funding to implement litter collection events and tire amnesty programs. A 25 percent match from the applicant is required and the grant period is 12 months. For more information about Ohio EPA’s community and litter grants, visit or contact Dave Foulkes at or (614) 644-3118.

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