What happens to grocery products
when they expire?

Where do they go?

In most parts of our country, these expired products are collected
in bins in the backroom or thrown directly into a dumpster. They are
picked up by the local refuse hauler and taken to the landfill.
Legislation will make it against the law to landfill
Mixed grocery store waste and organics
Past date or off-spec food products
What can you do?
Turbo Separator Depackaging System can help
Turbo Separator can process most mixed
and packaged food waste
Plastic bags
Metal cans
Plastic bottles
Paperboard juice or milk cartons
Meat pouches and trays
All milk and dairy packaging

Grocery store waste:

organics are separated
from the packaging

This organic waste has value

Past Date Bulk Food Items

great for animal nutrition, compost or AD material

Turbo Separator: The Ultimate De-packaging System For Organics

Many states and communities are committing to reduce their waste stream footprint.  This is where we can help.  We manufacture one of the finest systems to help you achieve your waste reduction and re-purposing goals.  Let us help you convert that waste to useable organic energy.

The Scott Separation System is a turnkey solution, consisting of controls, specifically designed feeding systems, the Separator, work platforms, discharge pumps or screw conveyors for the organics and conveyors for the waste packaging. Built with the durability that Scott Equipment Company is known for, the Scott Separation System is capable of processing a broad range of products in a single machine while maintaining a design that minimized maintenance.


Some Numbers To Consider

Food waste in the United States is estimated at roughly between 30 to 40 percent of the food supply. In 2010, an estimated 133 billion pounds of food from U.S. retail food stores, restaurants, and homes never made it into people’s stomachs.

[USDA Release No. 0112.13]


Off Spec Goods total to landfill
Pounds waste/person in US
Grocery Waste total to landfill
Grocery waste that could be recycled

Many Different Uses For The Turbo Separator

Our system can process a wide variety of both mixed grocery store organic waste and single stream manufactured food and beverage items. Our customers like the flexibility to run both wet and dry items through the system. This ability helps make the goal of zero landfill waste a much more attainable objective.
The Turbo Separator depackaging system can turn bagged breads, boxed croutons, and other dry goods to a fine meal for animal nutrition.
Reclaim mislabeled, dented, past date milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, and more. Given the rate of processing, the system remains relatively clean inside from load to load.
These types of products are usually small packages, in both plastic and chipboard packaging. The contents are typically <5% moisture, crumble easily, and separate cleanly in our T20 or T30.
These packages are typically PE plastic or chipboard with foil seal and HDPE lid. This type of product runs great in out T30 or T42.
Ability to recycle desirable plastics and capture nutritional or anaerobic value from juices and other sports drinks.
From sugar packets to salt packets; single serve pods & creamer cups; tea bags and more. The Turbo can separate some of the smallest items quickly and efficiently.
From paper dog food bags to metal pet food cans, we can reclaim this and save it from the landfill.
Have a truckload of gallon cans of nacho cheese sauce? We can separate it! What about small cans of tuna? We can process that too! Our machine can take a lot of punishment.
Separate bagged or boxed produce and other vegetables that are wilted, slimy and inedible. The Turbo doesn’t care, it will just go to work.

The Turbo Separator has also processed the following:


  • Spices
  • Pasta
  • Candy
  • Processed Meats
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Gypsum Wallboard
  • Cigarettes
  • Soups
  • Cleaning Products

Scott Equipment Company: A Name To Be Trusted

When making any investment in capital equipment, you have to trust the vendor.  Are they reputable? What is their history and ownership? Are they going to be around to support my equipment?  We have been making and selling zero waste initiative equipment for numerous industries since 1966.  Scott Equipment is a privately held, 2nd generation-family owned, thriving business.  We are here to provide equipment at a fair market price and provide great jobs for our community.

One of our mottos when building equipment is “steel is cheaper than our reputation, build it tough-build it right”.  Our customers love our equipment because we take care of them.  The systems help run their business and they can’t afford to depend on something that can’t achieve their goals.


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