Friday, 12 December 2014

Installation of a Big Hanna composter in a block of flats for young students and workers in Besançon, France.

SYBERT is a regional waste management company covering 198 local councils with 230 000 residents. SYBERT's strategy is focused on waste minimization and a variety of measures have been introduced to change peoples habits regarding waste. 
In order to be able to offer solutions that makes it possible to avoid or minimize waste at source an ambitious program has been carried out for waste minimization and composting for the residents in the cities and the countryside. The program has been implemented in cooperation with the EU, ADEME and Conseil géneral du Doubs.
Sybert has installed a Big Hanna composter in a block of flats for young workers and students for collection of food waste from the residents and nearby properties. 
Big Hanna model T240 has been installed in ground floor of the resdential building. 
Food waste is collected three times per week from the residents and daily from the restaurant in the building. The food waste is then fed in to the Big Hanna. 
The premises have a place for washing the bins used for collection of food waste. The residents gets a clean bin when they have left their food waste.  
Secondary treatment is done nearby in these wooden crates. 

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Monday, 10 November 2014

Big Hanna - a sucessful installation in Uganda by NLS Waste Services in Tullow Oil's camp sites

The places where Big Hanna composters can be installed are so different from each other! For the first time two of our larger Big Hanna model T240 have been installed in Africa. Here's why:
Tullow Uganda Operations PTY operates two base camps in Kisinja and Buliisa in its EA2-N operating area in the Albertine Grabben.Each of these camps has a capacity to currently accommodate a maximum of 200 people and as such a considerable amount of waste is generated. Waste segregation is practiced at both camps with majority of waste being non-hazardous biodegradable waste. Non biodegradable waste and medical wastes such as plastics, metal cans are segregated and appropriately disposed of or recycled.Non-hazardous, biodegradable waste mainly food scraps was being disposed of by burial into on-site pits. However, given that substantial amounts are produced and that base camps will still be used during the next phase, development and production, disposal by on-site burial was unsustainable because of space limitation and cost of set up. In addition, the pits were not engineered to contain the leachate and methane produced during the biodegradation process with the leachate having the potential of contaminating ground water. Meanwhile, the methane produced can be a fire hazard if it migrates to the surface. It therefore was prudent to beginning exploring other tenable options to disposing of camp biodegradable waste.The biodegradable waste is mainly food scraps from the kitchens and messes. The waste generated per capita per day is about 2 kg. Taking 200 as the maximum POB capacities per camp (this includes day visitors) it implies that the maximum amount of food waste that can be produced at each camp is about 400 kg per day in the current camp set up. However, in the long term it is expected that more food waste will be produced as the camp POB increases during the development phase.Following a Best Available Technology (BAT) study that took into consideration available options, economics, environmental considerations, quantities, quality and type of waste generated, it was advised that a composter would be ideal to handle especially food waste.''
In the canteen kitchens a Compact Waste Managment System (WMS) removes the liquid from the food waste before the it is composted. The WMS thereby reduces the food waste with 50-70% by macerating and dewatering it.
The dewatered food waste is then fed in to the Big Hanna Composter. At each site there is now one Big hanna Composter model T240 and a biofilter. 
In August this year the units were installed by NLS Waste and at the same time the staff was given a training of the biological process and how to operate the machines. All units at both sites were installed and commissioned during one week including training. Cecilia Ek from Susteco AB was helping NLS Waste Services with the training. First the Kisinja site:

And then the Buliisa site:

For more information about Big Hanna in Uganda contact NLS Waste Services

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Zero impact separate waste collection with donkeys and recycling food waste with Big Hanna composter in Italy!

Montalto Ligure, a small village with about 365 inhabitants, situated in the Riviera Ligur's hinterland (North East Italy), an almost untouched place (difficult to reach and cross by 'normal' means of transport) said 'Enough!' to compactors and dumpsters. 
Lemon and Gina, the pair of donkeys that arrived some time ago, provides for the 'door to door waste collection', carrying baskets loaded by an operator with food waste, glass, cans etc up to a battery powered 'porter' vehicle which completes the virtuous 'zero impact' circle, transferring all in containers destined to major recycling plants. Read the article from early this year, (where the above picture comes from). 
The implications for ecological, economic and employment aspects are very  important: from the ecology of inland towns with environmental pollution's reduction, to the potential destination of many animals that may be employed in the sector, to the 'zero impact philosophy applied to the most activities of everyday life.
With the aim of reduction of waste at source, a Big Hanna composter model T60 was installed. The Big Hanna will transform organic waste into fertilizer which will be used in the area.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Achabgroup will exhibit at Ecomondo in Italy - Nov 5 - 8.

Visit in Hall 1, Lane 1. Stand 13. 
Also visit the new website in italian by Achabgroup:

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Big Hanna in the Stockholm archipelago, Sweden

In the archipelago outside Stockholm in Sweden, in the middle of 'Äpplarö Natural Reserve' there is an island called 'Norra Ekskäret'.
The island is equivalent in size to 8 soccer fields and has a unique environment. All buildings are made from wood that 'melts' in to the terrain very well.
Ekskäret describes their activities on their website - translated from swedish it reads as follows: 
'We think a new meeting point is needed in Sweden. A place where meetings and experiences takes place from a platform of curiosity by all parties that want to develop their ability to handle the large questions of life and society. A visible physical place that are also a place for meetings on different levels.
'This is why we choose Ekskäret - an island for exploring meetings but also as a force of change in society. With an aim of reaching out as well as being creative and provocative. Welcoming on academical and scientific ground. A network where accomplished people meet in discussions from different perspectives to create a wholeness. And real, sustainable solutions will be reached.'
The activities are summer camps for youngsters and conferences during the other months of the year focusing on personal development, self leadership and social change among other things.
Ekskäret have chosen to compost their food waste with a Big Hanna composter. This machine was earlier installed at Rosendals Trädgård but became to small for their needs - see Big Hanna blog 

Since our customers take care and compost their food waste on own site they are minimizing transport and emissions and making a huge profit for the environment. In our environmental work Susteco focus on the best way of conserve the earth's resources by building composters with a long life span and operational reliability.

For more information about Big Hanna visit

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

News from US! Big Hanna has been awarded a three-year contract with the State of Ohio AND Big Hanna will be exhibiting at American Correctional Association's Congress August 15-20 in Salt Lake City, Utah, US

Susteco AB’s Ohio based distributor, EC ALL Ltd, has been awarded a three-year contract, effective July 1st, 2014, with the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS) which will allow the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) to continue the successful implementation of Big Hanna composting technology at correctional institutions in Ohio. 
If you are interested in Big Hanna EC ALL Ltd will be exhibiting at the American Correctional Association's 144th Congress of Correction taking place in Salt Lake City,Utah, US, between August 15-20, 2014. 

The contract is available for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, all State Agencies, State institutions of higher education and properly registered members of the Cooperative Purchasing Program of the Department of Administrative Services.
“We are happy to see that the efforts of our distributor EC ALL Ltd in Ohio have been fruitful” says Cecilia Ek, Sales Director of Susteco AB. “Since late 2012, EC ALL Ltd has overseen a very successful installation of two Big Hanna composters at Noble Correctional Institution in Caldwell, Ohio. This contract will allow other prisons in Ohio to gain access to the same technology.”

Please click here to read EC ALL's press release.
Please click here to read Susteco's press release.

Big Hanna and EC ALL Ltd are proud sponsor of

For more information about Big Hanna Composter visit or contact our distributor EC ALL Ltd based in Ohio, US.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Rosendal's Garden chose Big Hanna for composting their organic food waste

The Rosendal's Garden is located on Djurgården, an island in the city centre of Stockholm, Sweden. It's a public garden with a café, greenhouses, plant shop, function hall and educational activities. 
Vegetables and flowers are grown both in the open and in the greenhouses. The locally grown ingredients are used in the kitchen or by the bakery. 
The Rosendal's Garden is placed on historical land used for gardening since the late 17th century. Between 1861-1911 some 700 gardeners were educated at Rosendals by 'The Swedish Garden Association'. The Foundation "Stiftelsen Rosendal's Gardens" was founded in 1983 and their main purpose is presenting organic gardening to the general public.
Rosendal's Garden write on their website
'The biodynamic principles include a constant focus on quality. Besides environmental considerations in all gardening work, all produce used in our food processing is selected with utmost care. The garden crops are served at our tables, and leftovers go back to the compost heap, providing first-rate soil for next year’s growth. Visitors can actually feel the continuity of a connected whole.'
In the backyard, in the kitchen and at the bakery bins are placed to collect food waste. Each bin is prepared with some wood pellets at the bottom of the bin to absorb moisture and add carbon to the biological process. The food waste from the kitchen and the leftovers from the café are composted in the Big Hanna model T240.
The bins are emptied in to the infeed hopper by the binlift installed at the front of the machine.  
After 6-10 weeks the compost is automatically emptied into a bin placed under the outlet.
The compost from the machine is put on the compost pile made from green waste from the gardens. The gardeners use the finished compost as soil amendment to grow ingredients to produce food....

If you visit Stockholm 'The Rosendal's Garden' is a green oasis easily reached with a tram leaving not far from the central station. If you are in the Stockholm area it is well worth a visit. Check out their website at:

More information on how to compost on-site: 

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

The General Council of Val de Marne installs a Big Hanna Composter on its site Chérioux in France

The Collège Adolphe Chérioux de Vitry-sur-Seine works towards a sustainable development and is now introducing a food waste management system by installing the BIG HANNA Composter model T240. This is something completely new to the Val-de-Marne region!
The area Chérioux is just over 36 hectares, with a large patch of grassy space in the middle and more than 1500 trees. It is located between four municipalities: Vitry-sur-Seine, Villejuif, L'Hay-les-Roses and Chevilly-Larue.
The former educational complex was founded in the 1930's and was originally used as an orphanage.
Today an average of over 4000 people per day is visiting Chérioux. It hosts many institutions, mainly within the General Council and the National Education: Center of education for secondary schools and university, pre-schools, small and medium sized companies, student hostel's, cultural associations....
There are four stations within the area where the organic waste (mainly food waste) is separated from the other waste. The installation of this new system will allow the canteen to recycle some of its waste by creating its own compost and they will thereby respect the law 'Grenelle II Act' - organic waste management.
The on-site solution for the organic waste stream is considered a cultural revolution for the county’s facility at Adolphe Chérioux. The project was made possible thanks to the involvement of the staff.

The idea is that every student will be made responsible for their own waste and by participating in making compost they will be committed to the project. This will make the students use to sorting waste at the high school and the hope is that they will do this at home too. Long term, the Department of Val-de-Marne would like to implement the same concept at other schools.

For more information about Big Hanna in France - contact our distributor.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

The Abbey of Fontevraud, a city of sustainable development, compost their organic waste with Big Hanna Composter

Fontevraud Abbey is a former Benedictine abbey, founded in 1101 and located in Fontevraud, near Saumur in France. This abbey is one of the largest monastic cities in Europe. 
Monastic life ended with the French Revolution in 1792. The site became a property of the state and was converted in to a prison in 1804 and was until 1963 used as a prison.In 2000, Fontevraud Abbey became a World Heritage Site by Unesco.
The abbey, which was turned in to a cultural centre in 1975, now implements its plan to be a 'sustainable city'.  The desire expressed in the draft 'Fontevraud in the 21st century' indeed materializes in the 'Fontevraud sustainable city' program. 
The flagship action in 2012 and 2014 is the construction of an energy centre for supplying renewable energy to the Abbey and the implementation of a Big Hanna composter T240 that will compost all the organic waste at Fontevraud from two restaurants, one hotel and one conference centre.
All actions are intended to be disseminated and shared with the public, especially young people through a dedicated educational program. The goal is to bring an understanding about these issues, contribute to the awareness of the impact of our actions on the environment and encourage 'eco-responsible' behaviours.
The sustainable development policy of the Abbey will be adapted based on feedback of experience of actions implemented. It aims to achieve ISO 26000 certification on social and environmental responsibility.
If you require more information contact Big Hanna in France.

Website of The Abbey of Fontevraud:

Friday, 28 March 2014

The organic farm and restaurant 'O Fogar do Santiso' in Spain is composting on-site with Big Hanna composter

'O Fogar do Santiso' is an organic farm and restaurant located approximately 15 km south from Santiago de Compostela in the Galicia region in northern Spain. In the autumn of 2013 a Big Hanna composter model T240 was installed to compost the organic waste on-site. 

From their website: 'The Fogar Farm has a surface area of 7 hectares (over 17 acres) and has been certified by the Consello Regulador de Agricultura Ecolóxica de Galicia (C.R.A.E.G.A), the Regulatory Council of Organic Farming in Galicia. The certification of our cultivating system guarantees that natural resources are used wisely. No chemical fertilizers or insecticides are used. We have no genetically modified crops. We use crop rotation and association techniques and we only use fertilizers and treatments that are not harmful to the earth, and are therefore not harmful to people.In this way, we produce organic food that goes directly from the ground to the table; some of the crops are also sold to local groups practising responsible consumption.'
The restaurant is characterized by the pursuit of sustainable development and commitment to the environment. Their gastronomy is in Spanish called 'Cociña da terra' which in English means 'regional cuisine'. They serve organic food from their farm and adjust the menu to the seasonal products available.
O Fogar has a policy of the three R's and the approach to zero waste.
Reduce waste by:
  • Consume goods returnable containers or served in bulk.
  • 100% composting of organic waste.
Reuse waste, they go from being waste feedstock:
  • Employing the generated compost as organic fertilizer in ecological gardens.
  • Reuse the glass and cardboard like materials used in their bio constructions.
  • The frying oil is the main source of energy, as this is used in power generation and agricultural vehicles.
All these measures help to reduce their ecological footprint. Safeguard the planet's resources for future generations.

As an example of their bio constructions please see in the picture below a wall build of glass bottle bottoms. 
Big Hanna have in Sweden been used to compost food waste on-site for more than 20 years. The possibility to compost on-site for a restaurant of this size is still a quite new experience in Spain. The goal set in all European countries to divert the food waste from the landfill sites gave 'O Fogar do Santiso' the opportunity to receive some funding of the investment from one of the European Development funds projects. O Fogar do Santiso is definitely showing the best practices when closing the loop by not sending any organic waste to landfill. 
For more information about Big Hanna in Spain please contact our distributor Todoverde

If you are in the region we strongly recommend a visit to 'O Fogar do Santiso' and taste their organic food. For pictures from their fantastic restaurant and how they work please visit their website