At De Montfort University up to 84% of the wasted material has recycled. Few weeks ago I met Nigel Ward, the Waste manager, which told me that his team would have soon introduced a new trial on a special recycling: food.
Currently, there is a food waste collection service in the kitchen of three trial buildings: Portland, John Whitehead and Trinity House. This means the team is able to recycle even more and process the food waste in a way good for the environment, by collecting and putting unused food in a facility off site.
The Staff of the trial buildings can put in the “Food Waste” Recycling caddies the leftovers of their lunch or snacks during working hours, such as all cooked and uncooked food, both fruit and vegetables, bread or pastries and even tea bags.
Of course, recycling food means that only food can be disposed in the provided caddies. Therefore, food container, empty packaging and plastic cutlery should be put in different recycling bins. For example, it is possible to recycle empty sandwich packets, cling film and plastic cutlery in the plastic bin with the green lid.
The recycling team will monitor the Food Waste caddies every day and when the caddies are full, the content will be taken outside in a bigger bin. The external 240L food waste container are collected fortnightly.
Recycling food is good not only to help the University reducing the overall amount of waste, but it also enhance its ethical standard, because food is a primary and vital resource for mankind.
Fedora Agosti (Green Behaviour Change Frontrunner)