Food waste gets the high-tech treatment at Aflac with ORCA machine
S1: Landfill diversion is important to us, because as an environmentally-responsible corporation, we want to reduce the amount of waste that we send to the landfill. We have a corporate goal to recycle at least 75% of all of our solid waste. Now, with the advent of our ORCA machine, we are even recycling our food waste.
The ORCA Green Machine, ORCA stands for organic refuse conversion alternative. It is a machine that uses enzyme activity to convert solid food waste into environmentally-friendly, nutrient-rich, grey water that's disposed through our sewer system.
S2: It uses the same principle as outdoor composting but it does it much, much faster, usually within a 24-hour period. The first thing you do is you add the food waste, anything that you can eat, can be put into the digester. Then water is added periodically, to help keep the food waste moist. Then the waste is turned consistently inside the machine. Then micro-organisms are sprayed into the machine daily. The micro-organisms eat the food waste and breaks it down into a liquid. The by-product of the machine is a grey-water material that can be used for irrigation or put into a sewer system.
S1: The max potential for recycling, based on our numbers from last year, would be about 60,000 pounds of waste, diverted from the landfill.
S3: The ORCA Machine has been in place for approximately four months now. Eventually, we intend to implement that program, also at the main campus and I think that would be a success story to tell.
S1: Environmental issues are important to Aflac, as a good corporate citizen, we've always prided ourselves on being good corporate citizens. This is a way that we can extend and expand on our efforts to be a better partner, not only to our shareholders, our policy holders, but also to the environment.