What type of material can go into an Ecovim System?
If it’s from nature, the Ecovim System can handle it. All organic material and food waste can go into the machine.
How much organic waste can I put into the machine?
You should not exceed the fill indicators in the tank. By exceeding this capacity, you risk running multiple cycles to complete the process or, you will damage the unit and its sensors. The fill indicator is usually a bar located at the back of the machine or if not visible, the load should be no higher than the axis bar that runs through the middle of the machine.
What kind of volume and weight reduction can I expect from an Ecovim System?
You should expect an 85% to 93% reduction in weight. Volume reduction will be determined by the type of waste, i.e., large amounts of paper goods vs. mostly food waste. Typical volume reduction will be in the 80% to 90% reduction range.
Can I add product to the unit during a cycle?
No, by adding additional waste to the unit during a cycle, the unit will not be able to generate a dry batch in a given run time. If you must add more waste, you will need to re-start the cycle.
My end product seems a bit wet; what should I do?
You would want to start another cycle, though you will need to check it after 2-3 hours. If the waste going in was extremely wet, or if the door was opened during operation, it would delay the original process and result in an unfinished end product. More than 10% to 15% paper content will also cause wet output and false completion indications.
I work in a high-volume restaurant. Sometimes things get missed when sorting; will it hurt the machine?
Making sure that silverware does not enter the machine would be best. The silverware just like steak bones should not damage the unit. Just make sure that the object is taken out at the end of the cycle especially if you are going to use the output as a soil amendment. If not, most customers simply throw the output into their regular waste dumpsters as the output is sterile, free of pathogens and bacteria. However, if a linen napkin is overlooked it may bind up the unit and stop it altogether. Large items such as bowls, beef thigh bones, coconuts, glass or plastic containers should also not be placed in the unit.
My employees like to open the door on the unit during processing to see what’s going on; is there anything wrong with this?
Yes, as noted above. The input hatch should be locked after starting the system to prevent the cycle from being prematurely finished and wet when the system shuts down. The glass door to the temp controls should be locked after starting the machine and opened when ready to discharge.
Is it OK to discharge the end product as soon as the timer says the cycle is up?
No, it is always best to let the system complete its cool down cycle which prepares the end product for handling.
Is the end product safe to handle?
The product has reached a temperature of 180° F for over 12 hours, meaning all pathogens, bacteria and even seeds, have been effectively killed, and your product is now sterilized.
Do I have to add anything to the unit to aid in the process?
No additional additives are required for the Ecovim System. If a large greasy batch is going to be run, leafy greens or paper can be added to aid in the absorption of the fats, oils and greases.
How much drainage can I expect from the machine?
You can expect up to 1 gallon for every 10 pounds of food waste per 18-hour cycle. This will vary depending on the amount of moisture in the waste introduced into the Ecovim System. i.e. watermelons and other fruits and vegetables like celery are mostly water.
What are the primary differences between the Ecovim System and other similar units on the market?
The Ecovim System does not require ANY additional products such as wood chips, chemicals, or charcoal to be added to the waste. It also consumes NO fresh water and does not discharge any “dirty water” into the sewer systems…there is very little BOD (biological oxygen demand) and the water condensate is sterile as well with no TSS (tracked suspension solids). As mentioned above, the only discharge from the unit is the “Sterile Bio-mass” and condensate run-off from the condenser unit.
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