During this year's Edinburgh Fringe, EUSA are trialling an innovative approach in which they are buying and serving customers with compostable food packaging and simultaneously providing them with a stream to enable the energy within packaging and any food waste to be recovered through Anaerobic Digestion (AD).
This waste is being collected by CORE-Mitie and taken to Scottish Water's AD facility at Cumbernauld where it is turned in to fertiliser and methane gas. The methane is then used to power the turbines at the site which generate electricity.
EUSA staff have worked hard over the past two months to make this a reality with advice and support from the University Waste Team. This initiative follows on from our work together towards improving the environmental footprint of the EUSA venues over the past two years.
During the course of the festival, information and data on this approach will be collected and analysed in order to assess, record and learn from the successes.
This article was published on Aug 7, 2012