Provides detail on how the University of Edinburgh deals with it's food waste.
Currently most food waste produced at the University is sent to Landfill. We are however exploring a variety of options to ensure that in the future this is no longer necessary, including the following:
- We are working with Mitie's CORE programme to collect food waste from the EUSA kitchens at Teviot Row House and the Edinburgh First kitchen at Swann Café. Food waste collected from these two areas is taken by Mitie CORE to Scottish Water's Anerobic Digestion plant at Cumbernauld. Here it is converted into fertiliser and Methane which is used to generate electricity.
- Edinburgh First have their own in vessel compost bin (called a Rocket) which allows them to compost food waste (including meat and cooked foods) on site.
- Some offices (including our own at Infirmary Street) have been provided with domestic sized compost bins within their grounds and kitchen caddies. All uncooked food waste, coffee grinds and teabags are placed by staff into these bins for on-site composting.
Our new Waste & Recycling contract includes a biodegradable waste collection element and we hope to be able to offer suitable food waste solutions for all areas of the University in time.
In the meantime, if you have a suitable outside area and a keen champion or two in your office or building and would like to trial a domestic compost bin, please get in touch with the Waste and Recycling team.
Waste and Recycling team
Estates and Buildings
13 Infirmary Street
Tel: +44 (0)131 650 9346
Fax: +44 (0)131 650 9346
This article was published on Aug 7, 2012