Defense Commissary Agency Test the Ecovim Machine to Achieve Zero Organic Waste

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Ecovim is a machine that converts organic matter into a compost like material, which is high in nutrients and can be used for soil enhancement or animal feed. Organic waste is the largest producer of methane gas in landfills, which is 20 times more effective than CO2 in trapping heat in the atmosphere. Having the capability to reduce the amount of organic waste going to landfills is paramount to meeting sustainability goals and Executive Order 13514.

“With Ecovim’s reuse of the end product, and the byproduct water, it achieves zero organic waste for its users.” Maki Said.

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The Ecovim is an innovative system for Government and businesses to use in disposing of organic waste streams with new green technology is undergoing testing in actual operating conditions at the U.S. Marine Corps base in Twenty-Nine Palms, CA. The Ecovim system, distributed by Integrated Veterans Services, LLC(IVS) of Santa Fe, NM, is a practical zero waste alternative for small and large organic waste producers.

“We have a system that can reduce organic waste of all types into reclaimable water and a dry product suitable for use in a variety of green applications,” said Butch Maki, CEO of IVS, a Service Connected Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SCDVSB). “Our Ecovim system is in full compliance with the federal executive order mandating Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance, and it is estimated it can deliver as much as a 50 percent savings in the cost of organic waste disposal.”

The Twenty-Nine Palms test, which started August 14 and will continue for 90 days, is being conducted in the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) store at the Marine base. DeCA operates a worldwide chain of commissaries at U.S. military facilities, providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment.

DeCA has implemented solid waste reduction and recycling programs over the past few years resulting in the saving of millions of dollars in its operations. DeCA will evaluate the environmental, social, and economic impacts of utilizing the Ecovim system in its store during the 90-day test period.

Ecovim models range from a modest 125 pounds per cycle machine up through six alternatives – culminating in a 3,300 pounds per cycle capacity. Each cycle takes from six to 20 hours (depending on the model and material loaded), resulting in a reduction of 90 percent in the volume of waste. The end product can be used as a soil conditioner in landscaping or other applications, depending upon source material. The system has an odor management device, releases no methane or other greenhouse gases, and the only hookup requirements are an electricity source and a disposal line for the clean water byproduct.

“This machine is the perfect answer for the handling of organic waste in green grocery stores or ecologically inclined food establishments of all kinds,” Maki said. “With the Ecovim's reuse potential of the end product, and the byproduct water, it achieves zero organic waste for its users.”

The Ecovim line of green technology, zero waste initiative systems is but one of the products and services offered by IVS. Persons seeking additional information can visit info(at)integratedveteransservices(dot)com, can call (505) 577-2220, can fax (505) 244-8788, or write to P.O. Box 22993, Santa Fe, NM 87502.

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