Zero Waste Goals

Zero Waste Challenges

Increasingly, organizations and facilities are committing to the long-term goal of “zero waste.” Planning and executing for Zero Waste Goals presents significant challenges to an organization.


The first step is to evaluate opportunities to reduce the amount of waste generated. Key initiatives in zero waste planning are reducing incoming packaging and cutting down on the total amount of food wasted. According to LeanPath, a waste tracking technology company, 4-10% of food purchased ends up as waste due to overproduction, spoilage, expiration or trimmings. Finding ways of reducing both pre-consumer waste in the kitchen and post-consumer waste, food that is not consumed and thrown in the trash, is important to a zero waste initiative.


The second step is to treat as much waste as possible on site by using the least amount of non-compostable material possible. Food waste composting must be planned, taking into consideration the location of your facility—urban locations have less open space than rural locations and must plan accordingly with creative solutions.


Pulpers and DeHydrator systems can can play a vital role in the total zero waste plan. Pulpers alone can reduce waste by 8 to 1, turning waste into a semi-dry pulp. A DeHydrator can then draw off all the remaining liquid, reducing waste material an additional 90%. The end product can be hauled offsite to a commercial composter or, as in the case of many rural universities, composted on site.


The cost savings realized can in many cases offset the cost of equipment—to learn more visit Somat’s ROI Calculator.

Pulped and dewatered waste material
composted waste
Composted Waste

Why is Somat the company to help you meet your Zero Waste Goals?


  • We have the most experience and the longest history in the waste management business.
  • We are the recognized experts across the industry. When it comes to waste management and waste reduction we are called on by a wide range of high profile mass feeding operations; from casinos and colleges to hospitals and the U.S. Navy. Somat is the “go to” partner when expertise in waste equipment is essential.
  • We do one thing and do it with excellence—waste management. While some companies may sell pulpers or disposers as part of a larger line, Somat is highly focused on one area—waste management equipment. We have a culture of innovation with all of our R&D activity devoted to advances in waste reduction equipment. Our pioneering spirit inspires the most creative solutions to the challenges our clients bring us.
  • Somat is known for its superior approach to all phases of customer service and support. We start with a plan, continue through installation and follow-up with comprehensive training of client’s staff.
Somat helps UNH turn trash into compost as part of a Zero Waste Program


With their history as the university with oldest endowed sustainability program in the country, it’s no surprise that the school asked Somat to assist with their aggressive plans toward a goal of zero waste and carbon neutrality.  UNH utilizes multiple Somat Close Coupled Pulpers and Hydraextractor systems as part of their waste reduction and composting program. Placed in each dining hall, these foodservice waste units provide a convenient means to reduce compostable waste at the collection source.

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