Thursday, 22 December 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

God Jul och Gott Nytt År
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Joyeux Noël et une Bonne Année.
Cecilia, Ylva & Hugh

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Vertal inc. representing Big Hanna Composter, will attend the USCC conference in Austin, TX January 17-20, 2012.

Vertal inc. representing Big Hanna Composter, will attend the USCC conference in Austin, TX January 17-20, 2012. The USCC’s Annual Conference and Trade Show is the largest composting conference and exhibition for the composting, wood waste and organics recycling industry in North America.
USCC conference is the only national composting conference and exhibition run by and for composting and organics recycling professionals, it is the premier event of the Composting and Organics Recycling industries, providing industry professionals with educational, networking, and career advancement opportunities.
Read more at 
Want to meet up with Vertal at USCC Conference - Click here to email Vertal

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Salad growing in compost from Big Hanna

A picture is worth more than a thousand words... So we wanted to share these pictures with you from a recent visit at One Brighton in UK. First picture shows a roof-top allotment where compost from Big Hanna Composter has been added to one half - guess which one? 
Salad growing in One Brighton
Yes, it's the left side where the salad is growing! 
On the the terrace where the allotments are, there is a bucket with compost which the residents can to use and it says: "A gift from Big Hanna". 
From the Green Caretake blog: 
'I have a passion for compost. That’s not something I often admit in casual conversation but I’m not ashamed of it. I think compost could save the world and I don’t just mean by reducing waste and using it as a growing medium, it’s also a wonderful educational tool. There is something beautiful about waste breaking down naturally and then being used again to sustain life. Compost can get people back in touch with nature and can help them understand that life is actually sustainable and rewarding if we make the right choices and take some responsibility for our own impact on the environment. Is my passion so crazy?'

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Big Hanna Composter blooms on the island paradise of Mauritius

We are pleased to announce that on 23 September 2011, our Big Hanna model T40 was installed at the prestigious Heritage Awali Resort ( in the Bel Ombre region of southern Mauritius. Our distributor in Mauritius, DurablEnviro’s Local Director, Chantal Gordon Gentil and Susteco’s Cecilia Ek, successfully supervised the installation and thereafter conducted training sessions at the Heritage Awali.
Two separate training sessions were conducted at the Heritage Awali, one for management and another for operational staff followed by hands on training sessions with the T40. The Big Hanna was officially commissioned when the General Manager Mr. Lindley Thomen introduced Heritage Awali’s first batch of food waste for composting using the Big Hanna T40.
The Heritage Awali is seriously focused on sustainable development and by composting its food wastes onsite helps reduce its carbon footprint by reducing its landfill carbon emissions and reducing its transport related emissions. Moreover Heritage Awali will get a natural fertilizer onsite to use on the resorts beautifully manicured lawns and gardens thereby reducing its dependence on chemical fertilizer.
The Republic of Mauritius is very committed in achieving its transition to a sustainable island (Maurice Ile Durable). By composting food waste on-site rather than sending it to landfill it is not only minimizing the green house gas emissions but also significantly reducing emissions from HGV. Moreover, when using the compost from Big Hanna, it enhances the benefits to the environment since there are more plants absorbing C02. 

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

EC ALL Ltd will participate in the Annual Conference of Organics Recycling Association of Ohio

The Annual Conference of the ORAO - Organics Recycling Association of Ohio will take place on Friday Nov 4:th at Ramada Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, Columbus, Ohio. EC ALL Ltd will be there - Welcome to join!

Read more about this event at

EC ALL Ltd is participating in Ohio Food Scraps Recovery Initiative Stakeholders Summit

EC ALL Ltd are participating in Ohio Food Scraps Recovery Initiative Stakeholders Summit on November 3, 2011,  in Columbus, hosted by Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. For information send request to"

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Two more schools in Devon are now composting on site with Big Hanna Composter

During this summer another two schools in Devon got their Big Hanna Composters installed, Ladysmith Infants School and Whipton Barton Junior School.

At Ladysmith Infants school there are 350 children, but they also cook for 100 nursery children and 340 pupils at the Ladysmith Junior school which is why the amount of compostable waste is significantly higher than expected for a school of this size. They now have a model T75 installed to compost approximately 260 kgs food waste per week. Ladysmith Infant School and Nursery is awarded silver in the 'Food for Life Partnership' for its healthy food so we expect the compost to be of excellent quality! 
At Ladysmith Infant school they have flowerbeds where they are  growing flowers and vegetables and strawberries. At a visit to Ladysmith by Susteco's Cecilia Ek on the 12th of October noticed that the strawberries were ready to be picked and eaten! This is the second harvest for Ladysmith this year. It is very unusual and due to the nice warm weather in Devon this autumn. 

At Whipton Barton Junior School there are 250 children but they also cook for Whipton Barton Infants, The Topsham School and Montgomery Primary school, which explains why they also produce more than the expected amount of food waste for a school of this size. 

The operator of the Big Hanna, Kevin Waite, kept feeding grass cuttings and soft leaves into the composter during the summer break to start up the biological process. Now when the term has started again all food waste is put into the Big Hanna. Picture below shows Big Hanna Composter in a cage!

Read the article - 'Big Hanna' boost for school compost team
Link to Ladysmith Infant School

We recommend this book- How to Make and Use COMPOST the Ulitimate Guide

We warmly recommend this book - How to Make and Use COMPOST the Ulitimate Guide by Nick Scott and here's why:

'Composting is easy, fun, saves you money and helps you to grow lovely plants. Whether you live in a flat with a balcony or have a family and garden that generate large amounts of food and green waste, this book shows you how to compost everything that can be composted – at home, work or school, and in spaces big or small. It covers:

•    creating the right mix for successful garden compost
•    how to compost your food waste safely
•    the full range of composting systems, from plastic ‘daleks’ to large-scale units, including prices and suppliers
•    composting with a wormery
•    making liquid feeds and your own seed and potting compost
•    composting in schools, with advice on getting a school scheme started.

How to Make and Use Compost features a comprehensive A–Z guide, which includes what you can and can’t compost, concepts and techniques, and common problems and solutions.'

We recommend this book! Grow the tastiest and most nutritious food - Nature's way.

We warmly recommend this book produced by Ronald Gilchrist, Alfred Grand and Marion Joss. Here's why:
The way our food is currently produced is heavily dependent on fossil fuels and their derivative chemicals. As the cost of oil increases, the cost of our food will continue to spiral.

“A Farm for the Future”, Rebecca Hosking’s revealing BBC documentary [available on YouTube], highlighted how serious this is for our future. We have to find a more sustainable way to produce our food.

This book describes just such a way – the Green-way. By learning from Nature and developing permaculture principles, with the minimum of materials, anyone – anywhere – can build a Grow Your Own (GYO) garden and grow food.

Currently in our global village there are over 94 million people in food poverty – their community may have food but they cannot afford to buy enough to feed their families.

This book details your steps to . . .
  • design and build your own garden
  • maximise your soil fertility
  • grow gardens full of delicious and nutritious herbs, salads, fruits and vegetables
  • save money and eat healthy food
  • create a sustainable community garden

This Hands-on Guide will allow you to recycle your kitchen scraps and garden waste into top quality FOOD - lots of it - without using chemicals. Regardless of skills, abilities and how much space you have - anyone can do it – the Green-way.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Small Hanna model on the first visit to Spain!

Our distributor in Spain, Todoverde, sent us this picture from the exhibition Salón BioAtlantic that they just attended!

Monday, 12 September 2011

23-24 September Our new distributor Earthsoul in India is exhibiting at “Waste Management Summit 2011”

We are happy to announce that we have a new distributor in India – Mr Perses Bilimoria at Earthsoul India Pvt. Ltd. Mr Bilimoria will make a presentation at “Waste Management Summit 2011 - Solutions for a Sustainable Future” taking place at HICC Novotel, Hyderabad, India the 23 & 24th f September 2011.

30:th of Sept. to 2:nd of Oct - Todoverde will attend the Salón BioAtlantic in Vigo, Spain

Our distributor in Spain, Todoverde, will exhibit at the Salón BioAtlantic the 30th of September to the 2nd of October in Vigo. This is an exhibition for Ecological products, Green Building and Green energy so Big Hanna Composter will fit well in to this profile.
More information about the exhibition

Sunday, 11 September 2011

21-24 September, DurablEnviro will attend “The international Tourism Sustainability Conference 2011” in Mauritius

Our distributor, Durablenviro Ltd, will attend the “The international Tourism Sustainability Conference 2011” taking place the 21-24 of September 2011 at the InterContinental Mauritius Resort Balaclava Fort, just north of the capital of Mauritius, Port Louis.
Please contact our distributor in Mauritius for more details or to visit a installation of a Big Hanna in Mauritius - just for more information about how to composting food waste on-site.

Friday, 9 September 2011

Minister visits Environmental Trust Fund project at Nepisiguit Chaleur Solid Waste Commission

Environment Minister Margaret-Ann Blaney visited the Nepisiguit Chaleur Solid Waste Commission to learn more about projects that received $55,000 under the Environmental Trust Fund. Blaney also visited a compost system, named Big Hanna installed at École Secondaire Népisiguit, which is part of a project previously funded in part by the Envrionmental Trust Fund. "I was pleased to see this compost system in action," said Blaney. "Project such as this are great examples of the excellent work being done by environmental groups and orgnaizations supported every year by the Environmental Trust Fund.
Front row, from left: Jean-Guy Lévesque, director of School District 5 Étoile du Nord; Jean Allain, president of the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick Bathurst campus; Paul Thibodeau, principal of École Secondaire Nepisiguit. Back row, from left: Annette Hondas, principal of École Place des Jeunes; Paul Losier, president of the Nepisiguit-Chaleur Solid Waste Commission; Blaney; Pierre Etchery, representative for Contact Engineering Big Hanna's rep; Anne-Marie Gamong, School District 5 Étoile du Nord; Raymond Bryar, general manager of the Nepisiguit-Chaleur Solid Waste Commission.
Read the news on École Secondaire Népisiguit's website (in French)

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Big Hanna The Story - Our Composting Journey by Glenmore Lodge

We installed a Big Hanna T120 at Glenmore Lodge, Scotland in January this year and they now published their very own story about their 'Composting Journey':

Here at Glenmore Lodge we have one of the best back garden's in the world and we want to continue enjoying it for years to come. Glenmore Lodge is Scotland’s National Outdoor Training Centre; our aim is to offer world class training in outdoor adventure sports and encourage more people to enjoy the outdoors more often. "We understand the fragile and special nature of our environment and we will ensure that activities are sustainable. We are committed to making environmental improvements to the site on which we operate and we will take a responsible approach to the efficient use of our resources and waste management. We will communicate high standards of sustainable good practice to our customers and students attending courses. We acknowledge our global and local social responsibilities, especially in the local area as an employer and purchaser of local goods and user of local services".
(Glenmore Lodge Plan 2009-11).

Big Hanna arrived on the back of a lorry in November 2010 to be commissioned a few weeks later, unfortunately this coincided with a huge dump of snow so the commissioning was postponed until mid January. If you haven’t worked it out already Big Hanna is a composter designed for decomposing organic waste.
There are several different models but we have the T120 capable of taking up to 500kg of waste per week. Made of stainless steel she is expected to last at least 20 years. The process is simple the kitchen staff separate the waste from the kitchen and dining room and put all non meat food waste into green caddy buckets, these are taken daily and weighed then emptied into the machine. A record is kept of the amount going in and also the amount of woodchip pellets to absorb moisture. There a few quick checks to be made daily to make sure the fan is working, cleaning of the filter, checking the bag collecting the compost is secure, and emptying if equired, checking of the temperatures on the control panel and checking the moisture content. On a less regular basis the heating panel needs cleaned if it is in use and the drainage filter emptied. Both relatively simple procedures. This whole process only takes around 10 minutes a day. We are still in the start up phase which takes around 8 weeks and have so far had no problems with the operation of the machine. There is very little smell as the bio filter takes care of that. This filter is a unit full of wood chip and enzymes with an outlet pipe which exits the building. Best of all our food waste to landfill has reduced. Thanks Hanna.

Friday, 2 September 2011

7-14:th of September - Noele Creative will exhibit at International Trade Fair in Slovenia

Our distributor Noele Creative in Slovenia will exhibit at the 44th International Trade Fair at Celje Showground in Slovenia, in Slovenian called “Mednarodni Obrtni Sejem International Trade Fair”.

The exhibition is taking place between 7-14th of September 2011 and you will find our distributors in the both M37.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

October 9-12, 2011, Pittsburgh PA, USA, AASHE2011 Conference & Expo Creating Sustainable Campuses & Communities

Vertal inc. and EC ALL Ltd will be exhibiting at AASHE2011 Conference & Expo Creating Sustainable Campuses & Communities in October 9-12, 2011, Pittsburgh PA, USA. AASHE is the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in High Education and we anticipate that the visitors at the conference will be impressed with reference sites around the globe such as McGill University in Canada, Imperial College in England and Univeristy of Ioannina in Greece. 

Read more about AASHE
Read more about AASHE Conference
Click here to watch the television report from McGill University
Click here to download the case study from Imperial College

Click here to contact Vertal inc.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Installation at Arholma North Lodge Archipelago

In early August, we installed a Big Hanna composter model T40 at Arholma North Lodge Archipelago in the northern Stockholm archipelago. Arholma North is a hostel on the island Arholma's northern tip with a breathtaking nature. If you are in the Stockholm area in the summer time it is definetely worth a visit. This area is known to be one of the most beatiful around Stockholm.
We asked them to write in their own words why they choose to start composting with Big Hanna:

"We wanted to do something to reduce our variable waste charges which had started to get very expensive. At the same time, we wanted to find another way to take care of our food waste because it seemed like a big waste and environmentally insane to transport several bags of food waste from the island every week, while we transported bags of soil each spring for our cultivations and flowerbeds. We have several times looked for a compost solution for our food waste but not found a sensible solution, but this spring we found Big Hanna's website on the internet and after some thought, we bought a Composter that fit our needs. It is now in operation and we are very pleased, not only with its operation but also the contact, response and installation from Susteco AB."Arholma North Lodge Archipelago - in the northern Stockholm archipelago

This hostel is located on a previously top secret coastal defense facility in the outer archipelago. Strategically located by the sea on Arholma's northern tip, is Battery Arholma. Battery Arholma was built for the Cold War (it was completed in 1968) and is a major coastal defense system with a 10.5 cm heavy coastal artillery gun located at Arholma's northern tip. The cannon overlooks the Åland Sea and the rock below hides a major facility with barracks, command center, kitchen, medical facilities etc. The plant was secret and would protect Sweden from a hostile invasion. Read more at 

We had a lovely installation day on Arholma North and would warmly recommend a visit - read more at their website for opening hours, etc.

Friday, 19 August 2011

S.O.S. Save Our Soil - Vertal, Canada will be attenting the 21:st Annual National Compost Conference

S.O.S. Save Our Soil - Vertal, Canada will be attenting the 21st Annual National Compost Conference on September 19-21, 2011 at Delta Prince Edward, Charlottetown, PEI.

Contact Vertal for a meeting at the Conference

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Vertal will be at Global Green USA - Commercial Food Waste Conference

Vertal Inc will be attending this commercial food waste conference in New York city on July 26th. The conference is held by Global Green USA - Coalition for Resource Recovery

When: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Where: Lighthouse International, 111 E 59th St, 
New York, 

Click here for more information about the conference.
Click here to contact Vertal for a meeting at the conference.

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Mater-Bi® biodegradable and compostable bags fully decomposes in Big Hanna Composter

We are happy to announce that the Mater-Bi® biodegradable and compostable bags, certified “OK Compost HOME”, fully decompose in our Big Hanna composter. A full scale, 2 month long test has been carried out at One Brighton. One Brighton is, as you may know, a housing area with 172 flats in Brighton, UK, where both families and students live in one and two bedroom apartments and studio apartments near to the main train station. 

The One Brighton residents collect all their kitchen waste in compostable bags, drop the bags down a waste shute which leads into a collection bin. The collection bin is next to the Big Hanna composter and 5 days a week the’ green caretaker’ loads the compostable bags containing the food waste into the composter. During the test period some 150-200 unopened Mater-Bi® bags containing kitchen waste have been loaded into the Big Hanna’s hopper inlet. Within the first quarter of Big Hanna’s cylinder small parts of Mater-Bi® are visible but there is no sign of the bags either in the rest of the cylinder or in the finished compost. 

These Mater-Bi® biodegradable and compostable bags are certified according to “OK Compost HOME” so if you want to use biodegradable bags we recommend that they meet this standard. We are particularly happy with the performance of the Mater-Bi® bags and the Big Hanna in composting them so effectively. This trial has demonstrated that the action of the Big Hanna ‘in feed’ will open up the bags (which is important for the composting process) and shown that a shredder is not needed. Shredders are very effective in many sites but in housing, because a lot of non food waste items get into the food waste stream, they often block or break-down and should be avoided.

Friday, 20 May 2011

Big Hanna Composter composts at Ryds Brunn School in Sweden

'Ryds Brunn' is a state run institutional school for boys aged 13 to 18 years old who suffer from psycho/social issues. There are 20 residential students and the school plays a key role in their treatment and development. The school enjoys a beautiful location in the south of Sweden having once been a health resort. In the early 1900’s health resorts were very popular however many only survived a few years but Ryds Brunn Health Resort was open to guests for 53 years between 1892 to 1944.

The school has a very green waste policy and with the addition of the Big Hanna Composter all waste is now taken care of. The compost will be used on the school’s grounds.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Big Hanna Composter installed in New Brunswick, Canada

This machine made the press even before it arrived in Canada so we hope that there will be more articles like this now that it has actually arrived! The article had to use the computer graphic and now when the installation is completed this week you can see that the graphic is very accurate. The image was made in Google SketchUp.

The picture from the site shows the T120 with a biofilter. This machine is placed at Népisiguit high school in New Brunswick. The composter will be used as an educational tool to showcase how we can sustainably remedy to landfilling organics.

The biofilter is positioned just in front of the machine and has become very popular. The biofilter is very effeciently treating any odours coming from the biological process and is small, compact and easy to maintain.

Friday, 8 April 2011

13-14 July, Green Building Conference & Exhibition, Johannesburg, South Africa

Markon Group in South Africa will attend the Green Building Conference & Expo 2011 showing Big Hanna Composter. 

When: 13th - 14th July 2011

Where: Sandton International Convention Centre, Johannesburg

Monday, 4 April 2011

One Planet Communities - ground breaking sustainable projects from aroun...

Watch this presentation from BioRegional One Planet Communities. One Brighton has a Big Hanna  Composter installed which is featured in this video. 

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Green Living Show in Toronto - April 15-17

Vertal inc will exhibit at Green Living Show in Toronto. 
Where: Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto
When: April 15-17

More information at:

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

On May 1-4 Vertal Inc will attend the Solid Waste & Recycling Conference with Trade Show, New York, US

Vertal Inc will attend the Solid Waste & Recylcing Conference with Trade Show, at 'The Sagamore', an exquisite resort located on Lake George, New York. The Sagamore, one of New York’s landmark hotels, is situated on its own 80-acre island and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The event is held May 1-4.
Find out more:

March 29:th - Vertal Inc exhibiting in Boxborough Massachusetts, USA

Vertal Inc will be exhibiting at the:
Advancing Recycling & Organics Management:
A Sustainable Future

Conference & Trade Show is held on Tuesday, March 29, 8:00 - 4:30 at Holiday Inn Conference Center, Boxborough, MA, USA

'MassRecycle is a statewide coalition of individuals, governments, businesses, institutions and non-profit organizations dedicated to promoting and realizing the vital environmental, social and economic benefits created by reducing, reusing, and recycling waste materials, and by increasing the utilization of recycled products.'

More information:

Friday, 11 March 2011

Noele, Creative Solutions, Ltd will exhibit at FLORA 18-20 March

Noele invites you to visit them at
FLORA GARDEN & FLOWER SHOW INTERNATIONAL FAIR OF GARDENING, FLORISTRY AND LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE in Celje March 18-20. Noele will be bringing 'Baby Hanna' a scaled down version of the composter Big Hanna.

FLORA is one of the largest and oldest traditional gardening, landscaping and horticultural events in Slovenia. Celje is situated in the center of Slovenia, halfway between the two largest Slovenian cities, Ljubljana and Maribor.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Big Hanna Composter - again north of the Arctic Circle

Swedish Space Corporation has once more installed a Big Hanna Composter at their facility in Esrange, Kiruna. Swedish Space Corporation operations at Esrange have grown since they installed their Big Hanna Composter model T120 in 2005 so they decided to buy one more model T120, this time with a hopper fed inlet and shredder. The machine was installed in February this year. Both machines are installed in an insulated 'composthouse' at Esrange.

Swedish Space Corporation develops and build satellites, launches research rockets and weather and more. Since their start in 1966 more than 500 rockets and 550 high altitudes balloons has been launched from Esrange.

The pictures show a cold installation north of the Arctic circle. 

Read more about Swedish Space Corporation