Maine hospital invests in composting

New digester can handle up to 1,0000 pounds of food waste a day.

July 23—Goodall Hospital in Sanford, Maine, announced last week that it has a new Biogreen 360 unit that takes food waste and creates rich compost for gardens.

The hospital partnered with Casella Waste Systems and Green Waste Stream LLC to install a food digester unit that transforms the leftover food into compost. The Biogreen 360 is capable of handling up to 1,000 pounds of food waste a day, and Goodall Hospital Environmental Services Director Gene Coffin said the hospital and elder care facilities generate about 750 pounds of food waste daily. He said the Biogreen 360 unit turns all that waste into 35 pounds of compost.