Yes, food scraps are heavy, a full 65-gallon toter can weigh as much as 500 pounds. However, there are easy, accessible ways to keep your employees safe.
The solutions that are used to deal with weight issues are very similar to those used to overcome a smaller prep area:
- Use small food collection containers so the weight won't get too heavy for an employee to carry it out to the toter.
- Collection containers on wheels not only create flexible working environments, but also limit the amount of heavy lifting that has to occur. With this solution, it is still important to not let them get too heavy, so an employee can still lift them into the toter.
- Dehydration technologies also exist to shred food waste by using heat to evaporate moisture. This pulpy mass of dried food waste can still be composted, while reducing weight, volume and issues related to odors or animals. If you are considering using a food dehydrator, you should check with your local (city or county) government to determine whether there are rules and regulations that must be considered.