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Food waste breaks down to water

What is your product?

Compactors Direct is the sole distributor in the UK of the Power Knot Liquid Food Composter (LFC), which turns food waste into grey water.

How does it work?

The LFC employs a series of processes in which microorganisms break down biodegradable material in the presence of oxygen.

The environment within the LFC and the proprietary mixture of naturally occurring microbes and enzymes accelerate the digestion of food products and bioplastics within 24 hours. The only output is water which is suitable for disposal down a grey water drain.

Where would it best be used?

The LFC is designed for hotels, restaurants, university and corporate canteens, theme parks, convention centres, stadiums, hospitals, nursing homes, military bases, bakeries, caterers and supermarkets – anywhere where food waste is generated.

How is it different?

Although the process of turning food waste into water is not unique to the LFC, it is the only unit that does not require the regular addition of microbes and enzymes. It also offers accurate reporting of the amount of waste diverted from landfill, along with CO2 savings, on the unit’s display panel. This can be accessed remotely through its cloud connectivity to compare data from multiple sites.

What benefits does it offer?

The LFC is simple to operate. It greatly reduces the cost of food waste disposal by diverting it from landfill so businesses do not have to pay landfill tax. The unit also helps to achieve zero waste and reduces carbon footprint.

Where has it been used?

Planet Organic, Natural Kitchen, Pure Foods Of London and Goldsmiths’ Hall have recently taken up LFC units.


The LFC starts at £15,000 or £85 per week.

Any savings?

Typical payback is six months to two years.

What about maintenance?

Remote diagnostics, service and back-up across the UK is done by Compactors Direct technicians.

What is its life span?

A unit lasts 15 to 20 years.

How is it future-proofed?

The current LFC model is fourth generation, and Power Knot continually monitors its customers’ requirements along with legislation to future-proof its models.

Anything else?

Compactors Direct will be showcasing the LFC at Waste-Works (, the waste and resource event dedicated to the food and drink industry, at the ExCeL Centre, London, from 22-25 March 2015.

Meet obligations by reporting on the cloud

New company Lorax Compliance has been set up to deliver a cloud-based range of compliance software, data and consultancy services so that manufacturers can comply with global extended producer responsibility regulations and meet reporting obligations.

Graham Margetson, Lorax chief executive, said: “We have launched to meet the growing demand for a cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) compliance solution, supported by experienced consultancy and legislative updates.

“The customer feedback we have received to our system is fantastic – there is great interest in a more up-to-date technical solution in compliance software and the benefits it can offer.”

The SaaS solution covers global waste recycling regulations on packaging, e-waste and batteries, and is accessible on a range of devices, including tablets.

The service fully automates the compliance process of global fee calculation and mandatory reporting, and is underpinned by consultancy and data collection services.

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