Small and medium-sized businesses in Devon are now able to benefit from a new food waste collection service which will allow them to reduce significantly the amount of food they send to landfill and improve their carbon footprint.
The launch by food waste recycling provider Andigestion of its wheelie bin service means that businesses such as restaurants, cafes, hotels and all types of foodservice operators, as well as schools and colleges, can now benefit from this flexible, cost-effective and eco-friendly solution for dealing with leftovers.
Mike Lowe, operations director at Andigestion, said: “Customers can place food directly into our bins, whether packaged or unpackaged, cooked or uncooked. We can take peelings, out-of-date food, plate scrapings, damaged stock, frozen or chilled foods, so there is no mess, smells or liners to have to worry about.”
Customers will also benefit from the company’s wheelie bin exchange – Andigestion’s promise to swap a full food waste bin for a fresh, steam-cleaned bin each week to help keep premises clean and hygienic.
Shebbear College in Beaworthy is Devon’s first school to sign up to the scheme.
Sue Letchford, finance co-ordinator at the independent day and boarding school, said: “We are proud to be an eco-school so green issues are an important part of our culture and ethics. We encourage pupils to recycle in all sorts of ways, so this service perfectly complements our commitment to tackling food waste and reducing landfill.”
Andigestion’s Holsworthy plant was the UK’s first ‘food only’ anaerobic digestion plant. The company currently processes around 70,000 tonnes a year of residential and commercial food waste from across Devon to produce electricity, and the by-product is a liquid fertiliser that local farmers can use.