Citizens in Masserano (BI), Italy are composting with Big Hanna

“Here are the keys and have fun.” At the recycling center in the village of Upper Rongio, Masserano (Biella) the citizen can put their food waste directly into the Big Hanna composter. The composter will be operated by the technical department of the municipality together with the Consortium COSRAB and this set up will provide the citizens with compost.

It was with support from COSRAB (Consortium Waste Disposal Area Biella)” and the cross-border project “C3PO for waste reduction (Alcotra Italy-France, 2007-2013)” that  Rongio i Masserano not only was able to install a Big Hanna for the organic residues of the inhabitants but also were able to reorganize their waste collection and create a unique recycling center. The recycling center area is under video surveillance and is only for the exclusive use of local residents who get access by a key card system.

This change is well accepted by the local community (about 80 families of permanent residents and holiday homes) which will use the above to improve the quality of recycling and to avoid drop-outs at the side of bins that always disturbed the quiet daily life of this village in Biella area.

For more information about Big Hanna in Italy – please contact our distributor Achab s.r.l. or read about the installation in Masserano in Italian by following this link.

DRC in Ohio continues to implement Big Hanna composter at six of their correctional institutions

We proudly announce that the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) in the United States of America once again chose to compost their food waste with our Big Hanna composter.

ODRC first installed two Big Hanna composters at Noble Correctional Institution in 2012. Just after installation at Noble, ODRC experienced the benefits of taking care of the food waste on-site instead of sending it to landfill.

Not only did they like the easy operation and the fact that the units could be installed indoors, but they also appreciated the cost savings from reduced waste hauls to the landfill and fewer trips through the security gates. In addition, ODRC recognized the offenders’ commitment to composting and willingness to learn about Big Hanna and gardening. 

In 2014, ODRC decided to expand their use of Big Hannas, and this past February, the first two of six new Big Hanna composters, model T480, units were installed at two other correctional institutions. The remaining units have been delivered to the next four locations and the start-up is now taking place.

The first Big Hanna model T480 in this roll-out was installed at Belmont Correctional Institution located in the eastern part of Ohio. The second unit was installed at Ross Correctional Institution, in southern Ohio.
Each of the institutions chosen for these six units house about 2,500 male offenders. All food waste at each institution is first separated and mechanically macerated and dewatered in a pulper installed in the food service area.
The pulped food waste is then taken to the composter where it is mixed with bulking material and put into Big Hanna. After the two-month start-up, the composters at Ross and Belmont are now operating at full capacity. 
For State of Ohio Agencies, and organizations participating in the State of Ohio Cooperative Purchasing Program, the Big Hanna machines are available for direct purchase through our contract with Ohio DAS (Department of Administrative Services) – contract number is CSP-900-215 Index GDC 159. 
For more information about our Big Hanna contact our distributor EC ALL Ltd in Ohio.

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