Provides detail on how the University of Edinburgh deals with it's food waste.
Currently most food waste produced at the University is not recovered. We are however exploring a variety of options to ensure that in the future this is no longer necessary, including the following:
- We have for some time been 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) from JMCC.
- 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 short term, all University catering areas will be provided with front-of-house food / compostable waste collections during the course of 2013.
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 Jul 26, 2013