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Mitie works with charity to boost AD and provide jobs for homeless

A Scottish charity project boosting food waste collection while helping the homeless is being expanded by outsourcing and energy services company Mitie.

The Cyrenians Organic Waste Recycling (CORE) scheme was pioneered by Scottish charity Edinburgh Cyrenians in 2009 and is a system for separating and collecting food waste for anaerobic digestion (AD). With Mitie now in partnership, Edinburgh Cyrenians will roll its system out across Scotland and the UK.

CORE works with organisations in Edinburgh and Fife such as Ikea, Aegon, the Scottish Parliament and Scottish & Southern. The CORE system uses point-of-collection sorting, reducing contamination so it can go straight into the AD process.  

Part of its business model is dedicated to providing training and jobs for people who have had personal setbacks, such as the homeless.

Cyrenians chief executive Des Ryan said: “We want to see our food waste social enterprise grow to its fullest potential. Both parties are passionate about developing the collection and use of food waste as a resource that will create employment and training opportunities as well as bring climate change benefits and support for the UK low carbon economy.”

Mitie chief executive Ruby McGregor-Smith said: “We are delighted with this development. CORE will support the growth of our existing waste business. It has a sustainable business model that provides opportunities for people to re-enter the workforce after homelessness and has an innovative approach to reducing waste in the UK.”

Image here supplied by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

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