Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Best Wishes from Cecilia, Ylva and Hugh 

Friday, 10 December 2010

Factory for Big Hanna Composter GSP Produktion closes for Christmas

GSP Produktion AB where the Big Hanna Composter is produced are closed over the holidays from December 23:rd 2010 until January 10:th 2011. Picture is showing the newest addition to the factory 6-month Xavier, a Bernese Mountain Dog puppy who spends his days at the factory office. Most of Sweden is now covered with snow and Xavier (Savve for short) really enjoys playing in the snow! 

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

First Big Hanna Composter is coming to Slovenia through Noele d.o.o.!

The Big Hanna Composter model T40 will be used at Hotel Triglav Bled in the beautiful Slovenian city of Bled. In autumn of 2010 the company Noele d.o.o. signed a distribution contract  for Slovenia and former Yugoslav republic (Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro).

hotel_triglav_bledNoele, invites interested parties to attend a presentation at Hotel Triglav Bled in the beginning of 2011. Noele will be showing how Big Hanna Composters work and demonstrate the positive effects composting have on the environment and how you can save money buy using the Big Hanna Composter.The evening guest will be ms. Cecilia Ek, sales manager at Susteco AB from Sweden.
If you would like to be notified when this meeting will be held please check Noele's website regulary or send Noele your contact data through Noele's Contact form to be informed personally.

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And here's almost the same information in Slovenian language:

V Slovenijo je prispel prvi kompostnik za predelavo kuhinjskih odpadkov - BIG HANNA!
Model kompostnika Big Hanna z oznako T40 gostuje v Hotelu Triglav na Bledu. Vljudno vabljeni na ogled delovanja kompostnika.Lokacija: Hotel Triglav Bled
V začetku prihodnjega leta pripravljamo srečanje, kjer bo potekalo druženje in predstavitev delovanja kompostnika BIG HANNA. Spregovorili bomo o pozitivnih učinkih na okolje in prihranek, ki ga kompostnik omogoča.
Gostja večera bo Cecilia Ek, prodajni manager Švedskega podjetja SUSTECO, s katerim je letos naše podjetje sklenilo pogodbo o distribuciji tako za Slovenijo, kot tudi za celotno območje nekdanjih jugoslovanskih držav (Hrvaška, Bosna in Hercegovina, Makedonija, Srbija ter Črna gora.)
Točen datum bo objavljen na naši spletni strani. V kolikor želite biti obveščeni o dogodku, pustite svoje podatke na naši spletni strani v rubriki Kontakt. Poskrbeli bomo za to, da boste pravočasno obveščeni o dogodku.
Vsekakor je naša želja, da je udeležba čim bolj številčna, vendar je število mest omejeno. Da bi si zagotovili prosto mesto, vljudno prosimo vse zainteresirane, da udeležbo potrdijo na naše kontaktne številke ali e-mail, objavljen na spletni strani. Če se zaradi nepričakovanih dogodkov srečanja ne boste mogli udeležiti, prosimo, da to sporočite vsaj 2 dni prej, saj boste  s tem  lahko odstopili prosto mesto nekomu drugemu.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Big Hanna Composter signs new distrbutor in Turkey

We are happy to present our new distributor for Big Hanna Composter, Ecotec Ltd in Turkey. On-site composting has a great potential in housing areas as well as in schools and restaurant says Mehmet Basaran from Ecotec Ltd who was visiting our office in Gothenburg this week. In this picture you can see Susteco's Cecilia Ek and Mehmet Basaran from Ecotec signing the Distributor agreement.

Ecotec'c founder, Mehmet Basaran, have an architect and construction company since 20 years. He is now establishing Ecotec Ltd that will be active in waste handling and recycling where the idea is to help businesses solve their waste problem. Ecotec Ltd is focused on implementing system for source separation and collection of recycleables in addition to providing services for handling the waste for companies.

Ecotec Ltd is based in Istanbul in west of Turkey. We welcome Ecotec Ltd to the Big Hanna family and are looking forward to a long and rewarding co-operation with many Big Hanna's in Turkey in the near future!

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Ivybridge Community College's Composting Open Day

It was a wild, wet and windy day when Devon County Council and Ivybridge Community Council held an open day to celebrate the schools composting project. Ivybridge are using a Big Hanna T75, provided by Devon County Council, to compost their kitchen waste and use the resultant compost, after maturation, in the school's polytunnel. Ivybridge are part of a schools composting programme put in place in over 40 primary and secondary schools across the county by Devon County Council. As well as Ivybridge, Okehampton College have a Big Hanna T60 whilst other schools are using a combination of the Ridan Composter and Nicky Scott's 'Hot Box' composter.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Susteco in article in Svenska Dagbladet

Export sales manager Cecilia Ek were interviewed by Svenska Dagbladet, (a national Stockholm based newspaper) and a big article is published today:

Go to article and use Google translate!

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Susteco will visit Ecomondo Exhibition - contact our representative for a meeting!

Marie Johansson representing Susteco AB will be visiting  Ecomondo 3-6 November 2010 in Rimini, Italy. Marie welcomes other visitors (or exhibitors) at the exhibition who are interested in Big Hanna Composter to contact her for a meeting!
Mobil: (+39) 3405153592. 

Monday, 25 October 2010

McGill University Big Hanna Composter on the news

Big Hanna composter made a strong impression at McGill University during the 10th Quebec waste reduction week.

See the article in the Montreal Gazette by Peggy Curran:

Big Hanna lays waste to McGill trash

Also Big Hanna was seen on Montreal Global news see the link below:

Friday, 15 October 2010

Visit Big Hanna on The Quebec Waste Reduction Week

Week starting the 17th of October is ”The Quebec Waste Reduction Week” in Canada. Come and visit our Big Hanna Composter at McGill University at the Wong Building. Our distributor Vertal will be at the site showing how easy it is to compost your food waste in a urban environment.

When: October the 19th 2010 from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Detailed program of the Quebec Waste Reduction Week you find on www.sqrd.org
If you want to contact Vertal - www.vertal.ca jdeslauriers@vertal.ca

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Canadian Waste & Recycling expo - Toronto ON, 3-4 Nov

Welcome to visit Big Hanna Composter presented by Vertal Inc at the Canadian Waste & Recycling expo in Toronto Ontario, Canada.
Our stand number is:1325

Show hours:
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 -10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

International Centre
Toronto, ON, Canada

Read more: www.cwre.ca

Organics Recycling Association of Ohio - October 22:nd

Julie Deslauriers, Vertal Inc and Eskil Eriksson, EC ALL Ltd will be presenting Big Hanna Composters at the Annual Conference of Organics Recycling Association of Ohio in Columbus, Ohio, US October 22:nd. Welcome to visit our stand!

Show hours: 8am - 3pm

Location: Ramada Plaza Hotel & Conference Center

Read more: www.ohiocompost.org

Friday, 1 October 2010

Noele - New distributor in Slovenia

Big Hanna Composter is now represented by NOELE Creative Solutions Ltd, in Slovenia. NOELE provides entrepreneurs with a unique and holistic approach to supporting business processes, alternative solutions and cost effectiveness. NOELE is represented by (from right to left) Natalja Krizmanic, Tina Bukovnik and David Voda. To David's left is Susteco's Cecilia Ek. Picture is taken at the quay at Susteco office in Gothenburg when Noele visited us in early September. The stylish umbrellas are Noele's gift for Susteco and is unfortunately spot-on what you need in Gothenburg at this time of the year! We are very much looking forward to working with Noele introducing Big Hanna Composters in the Balkans.

Read more on http://www.noele.eu/ or join them on Facebook!

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Persian BBC cover on composting with Big Hanna Composter inside the CompPod at Imperial College in London.

Imperial College in London we reported earlier composts with Big Hanna Composter inside the CompPod. The coverage on their effort to minimize waste going to landfill has got so much attention they have even got the credit for inventing the Big Hanna Composter by 'Next Generation Food'.  

'The composter, which has been created using research from the College's Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, will turn the waste from the South Kensington Campus's food outlets into compost used to enhance campus green spaces.' See the full article by clicking on this link: www.nextgenerationfood.com/news/imperial-college-works-to-reduce-food-waste

The Imperial College, which ranked 3rd in Europe and 9th in the world overall by 'The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2010-2011', has also got coverage on 'Persian BBC' a presentation which you can see by clicking here:

Association of Organics Recycling in UK has also covered the story. Look at:

We hear from Nic Dent, Imperial's Waste and Recycling Manager that more press is on the way and we will of course help to spread the word about their composting with Big Hanna Composter - so more to come...

Monday, 20 September 2010

Mark Ingram joins the team

Susteco are excited to announce that Mark Ingram has joined as UK Sales Manager. Mark has a wealth of experience in capital equipment sales and is looking forward to the exciting prospect of promoting Big Hanna, to the UK market. Mark formally joined the Susteco team at RWM 2010 where he was also able to see the Big Hanna range being showcased on the IMC stand. Mark says 'It's great to be involved in a product that is not only the clear market leader within it's niche sector but to also be engaged in such a worthwhile and eco- friendly product. I am relishing the challenge of helping Susteco grow!'

Friday, 3 September 2010

'CompPod' at Imperial College compost with Big Hanna Composter

Food Waste Composter - Big Hanna Composter

Big Hanna Composter can now be seen (again) on You Tube and on  Imperial College's website where the "CompPod building" housing IMC's macerating and dewatering equipment (the Waste Pro) together with Big Hanna Composter is installed. Together they process 1.1 tonnes of food waste each week - some 80% is reduced through the macerating/dewatering. Then the Big Hanna composting unit convert the macerated and dewatered food waste into a rich organic compost.

Here's Imperial College in London own presentation:
"Imperial College London Facilities Management has built a stand-alone unit to house equipment for composting food waste.
CompPod, the unit provides a contained environment to carry out the composting process and could be relocated if desired. The CompPod is a world first and contains the technology required to process the 1.1 tonnes of food waste produced each week on the South Kensington Campus. The compost produced will be used to enhance grounds within the Campus.

The process makes a significant contribution in diverting waste from landfill, allowing the College to comply with the EU Landfill Directive. And is an excellent example of recycling in action. Download the case study for further details.

Please follow this link to open a window for a short video presentation (4m 20s), in which our Nic Dent and Gabriel Cebrian-Gomez provide you with more information about the CompPod."

We welcomes Imperial College in to the Big Hanna Composter family! This year 3 high-profile universities have choosen Big Hanna Composter - stay tuned for more news...

Friday, 20 August 2010

Celebrating our Roots and Digging into our Future… - Compost

Cecilia Ek from Susteco AB will be attending the 20th Annual National Compost Conference in September 22-24, 2010, Crowne Plaza Ottawa, Ottawa Ontario, Canada together with Vertal inc's Julie Deslauriers.

Cecilia will be giving a presentation about the 'Swedish Experience in Organics Residuals Strategies for Communities'.

Picture is showing compost from one of the many Big Hanna Composter's.

'The Compost Council of Canada is a national non-profit, member-driven organization with a charter to advocate and advance organics residuals recycling. It serves as the central resource and network for the compost industry in Canada and, through its members, contributes to the environmental sustainability of the communities in which they operate.'
Check out their website: www.compost.org

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

From food waste to compost

The Big Hanna Composter will be at the ‘Large Nolia’ Exhibition in the town of Pitea, Sweden between the 7th and 14th of August, 2010. The regional distributor of Big Hanna, Lars-Ake Nyberg of Miljoresurs will demonstrate Big Hanna and inform you on the simplicity and efficiency of composting food waste from housing areas and large catering kitchens using this fully automatic, market leading, technology. The high quality compost can be used in gardens for any horticultural application. If you happen to be in area of the Arctic Circle, near Pitea why not drop in and visit Lars-Ake and Big Hanna(Ale Trumman) on stand 190 – they will be delighted to see you!

Tuesday, 6 July 2010


On June 29, 2010 at McGill University's
composting site, was held a special presentation of the Big Hanna composter model T240 used for food waste composting on downtown Montreal campus. Vertal inc., North American distributor of Big Hanna composters, received upon invitation representatives of environmental organizations to demonstrate the operation of the composting site at McGill University.

The demonstration of the composter's daily operations is explained in detail including introduction of food waste in the composter. Guests were able to see the simplicity of operations management, observe and touch the composting biological process in both the heart and at the exit of the composter. Also, the computer controlling the composting process allowed a clear interpretation of the control parameter's adjustment based on data collected in the composter.

The McGill University composting site, located in the heart of campus in downtown Montreal, requires a comprehensive and effective management of odors. The biofilter connected to the composter allows total control of air emissions on campus.

Seen here, Mr Claude Beaulé, Vice-President of Vertal inc. is explaining the composting process operations to the guests. Major comments following the presentation expressed that it is possible to have a clean and odorless composting site in a densely populated urban environment and the space required for effective management of food waste is modest considering the massive amount of organic material processed, in this case between 60 and 100 tons annually.

Monday, 28 June 2010

Big Hanna gets lots of attention at Eco Schools 2010

Thanks to everyone, of all ages, who visited the Susteco stand at the Eco Schools Exhibition in Peterborough on the 23rd of June. It was great to see the high level and understanding of environmental issues amongst many of the children we spoke to. We definitely had the impression that many schools want to do more about their food waste and they were glad to see that Big Hanna's technology was available as a solution. Apart from the practical aspects of recycling food waste Big Hanna could be a very useful educational tool, teaching children about microbiology, horticulture, climate change and waste. We hope to see many more Big Hanna's in UK schools before too long!

Monday, 14 June 2010

Composting in Schools promoted on Eco-Schools Show on June 23:rd

This year’s Eco-Schools Show takes place on Wednesday 23rd June at the East of England Showground, the Exec, Peterborough. Susteco are exhibiting on Stand 51 and will be promoting 'Composting in Schools' with Big Hanna. Hugh Creighton and Mark Ingram will be on hand to tell visitors all about the success of Biig Hanna food waste composting in the school environment and how the system works. We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Big Hanna comes to Devon schools

Schools provide the perfect location for a Big Hanna. There are so many positive aspects to composting food waste at a school - as well as the usual benefits of on site composting there are clear sociological and educational dimensions, students can learn about the science of composting as well as the environmental benefits. In recognition of this Devon County Council have invested in two Big Hanna's - a T60 installed at Okehampton College in June '09 and a T75 for Ivybridge Community College installed in May '10 as part of a county wide initiative to bring food waste composting to primary and secondary schools in Devon using a variety of types and sizes of technologies. Okehampton College already enjoyed an excellent volunteer scheme called 'Growing Our Futures' that provides students with practical experience of vegetable growing as well as the colleges kitchens with a ready supply of tasty and fresh produce and the Big Hanna has added an extra dimension, allowing the food waste to be composted and the compost to provide a growing media for the vegetable garden. Ivybridge hope to start their Big Hanna just after half term and will also use the compost for growing vegetables after maturation. You can see from the attached picture that the Ivybridge caretaking staff are taking training very seriously - and then there is always the manual in case they miss anything!

Friday, 14 May 2010

Vertal and Contact conclude a distribution agreement of the Big Hanna composters

VERTAL inc. has signed distribution agreement of the Big Hanna composters for Eastern Canada with the company CONTACT, the laboratory for sustainable development. Big Hanna composters, at the finest of composting technology, allow to optimize control of local composting process and to take responsible action in environmental management of food waste.
With the support and expertise of SUSTECO AB, Swedish manufacturer of Big Hanna composters for nearly 20 years, VERTAL Canada offers composters for residential, institutional and commercial applications, giving an environmentally responsible method of source reduction and waste recovery. "The Big Hanna composters, distributed internationally in 20 countries and counting more than 800 local composting facilities, have been awarded several excellence prizes for food waste environmental quality management. VERTAL promotes the overall Canadian implementation effort of composting eco-friendly technologies reducing Greenhouse Gases emissions" said Julie Deslauriers, president of VERTAL. The food waste local streams can be composted on site without curbside collection services, transportation, landfill or incineration. "Our mission is impregnated by sustainable development efforts and fight against global climate change. This is what motivated to create a winning synergy between VERTAL and CONTACT companies. Our common values and implications are promising avenues toward responsibility and implementation of sustainable lifestyles "added the president of VERTAL.
CONTACT, already marketing eco-construction products and services, sustainable development and green technologies, sees a good opportunity in this new product. "Our marketing platform is structured by three departments, offering an exceptional accessibility and a greater ability to respond to complex and innovative mandates" said Pierre Etcheverry, President of CONTACT. "We are already involved in the development of several eco-districts in Quebec. Our approach is truly multidisciplinary and horizontal, including waste management analysis. Using the Big Hanna composter becomes very interesting in a reduction scope cost, transportation and greenhouse gases, and for ease of operation, " added the president.
The company CONTACT is very proud to now add the Big Hanna composter to its range of products. "Whether it's an eco-district, a grocery, a restaurant, a hotel, an office with a cafeteria, a hospital, or any other project, the Big Hanna composter (and its many models) becomes the tool to facilitate the waste management and an eco-responsibility. symbol," concludes Mr. Ronald Arsenault, CEO of CONTACT.


Wednesday, 12 May 2010

First Mobile Big Hanna Composter - Ministry of Natural Resources Fire Rangers, Ontario Canada

The first Big Hanna mobile composting unit was installed in Thunder Bay Ontario for the Ministry of Natural Resources Fire Rangers. The composter is mounted on a trailer that follows to fire ranger's forest camps.
The Big Hanna composter is receiving all the food waste of the fire ranger's camp and allows composting locally the food waste instead of hauling the garbage back to landfill. It's a wonderful accomplishment in the green waste treatment plan established by the Ministry of Natural Resources of Ontario Canada.
Remarkable efforts of coordination were done by both the Ministry of Natural Resource's representatives, by Vertal inc. and by Susteco AB to get the mobile Big Hanna on Wheels. This success story gets to prove once again that simple composting solutions with Big Hanna composters are accessible and easily adapting to the environmental local food waste treatment needs.
Going green has never been so easy.

Monday, 10 May 2010

The first Big Hanna composter in Canada

Officials of the Société des Alcools du Quebec proudly pose in front of the Big Hanna composter model T60 recently installed at the Quebec SAQ distribution center.

After impressive efforts to achieve this Big Hanna composter project, all employees of the SAQ in Quebec can now insert all of their food waste in the composter.

Representatives of the Vertal inc. company spared no efforts to get all necessary permits and authorizations for all food waste composting of including even meat, fish and dairy solids. The composting facility was awarded by the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks of Québec a complete certificate of authorization allowing the composting of all the cafeteria's food waste of the Quebec SAQ distribution center.

Congratulations to all participants in this project that have clearly demonstrated that it is possible to take concrete action in reducing the environmental impacts of our daily activities.

Local composting is profitable for all.

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Greenhouse kick-off in Sunhouses

Beautiful weather and happy faces when Sunhouses had their spring kick-off for the greenhouses on Saturday 24:th of July 2010. Gårdstensbostäder (public housing company in Gothenburg) invited their tennants to picnic and other activities. Evelina Davidsson, contact person for the three areas where the composters are installed, offered Susteco - Big Hanna a great opportunity to reunite with the tennants and talk composting. These machines have now been installed for 10 years since the big re-build of this area was done. Gårdstensbostäder won the World Habitat Award in 2005: "A range of innovative environmentally and socially sustainable approaches were used in the renovation of this former problem housing estate in Goteborg, which is now one of the most popular in the city. Community involvement throughout the design process and in the on-going management and maintenance of the estate helps to ensure a successful integration of Swedish and immigrant families, as does the provision of community facilities, in particular the communal greenhouses." The greenhouse kick-off is a good example that Gårdstensbostäder are continuing to work with community involvement!

Monday, 19 April 2010

Exhibition in Canada

Here is Julie Deslauriers from Vertal Inc in Canada explaining composting to a customer. Interest from Canada remains very strong. Visit our representative's website: http://www.vertal.ca/