The National : THE NATIONAL Issue 2 2008
"I was deeply honoured last year, to not only represent South Australia in the state finals of the Filterfab Overseas Study Award, but also to represent Australia when I went overseas this year." Mario Marini told delegates to Launtex 2007. My journey was one with a purpose. Water is scarce throughout Australia and is clearly going to become an expensive resource, whether due to financial pressures from providers or simply from a scarcity of resource for our growing population. I saw from my tours of European and American plants that they are very committed to water recycling, some of the systems are massive, and the filtration systems are very sophisticated. One plant I visited was recycling 85%+. It appeared to me, however, that their need to recycle was more a recognition of costs of water in and water out. Even the small laundries I visited which had not yet invested in commercial solutions had their own rough versions of cascading lint filters, collecting water in tanks and recycling, along with heat transfer. You don't have to be 'big' to recycle, and you don't have to recycle 85%. It is really a matter that every bit counts. Start small. Water in Australia is clearly going to be an expensive resource in the future. And as a resident and launderer in Adelaide, I am well aware of scarcity problems so my aim in going overseas was to find the best ways to save water in the laundry operation. The primary purpose of my trip was to investigate what other countries are doing in the area of water saving and reclamation. Many other things I saw resonated with me as to how things can be done differently: a different perspective on improving even the things we do well. I flew direct to Germany, got off the plane and went straight to the Senking plant. International Linen Service had just purchased a new batch washer and I was interested to tour the plant where I saw how much care goes into the manufacturing process. Manufacturers' are clearly very aware that we need to save water, 48 THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER, MARCH/APRIL 2008 Mario Marini ON SAVING WATER FILTERFAB OVERSEAS STUDY AWARD NATIONAL WINNER 2006 Mario Marini, in his International Linen Service office.
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