Food Waste Scheme Reaches First Milestone
Aug 14, 2012
The team behind the new food waste recycling campaign, Food:Logic, are celebrating reaching the first milestone in their eco-campaign.
Since the food waste initiative was launched in March, by Plymouth waste management company Alpha:Logic and Langage Farm’s anaerobic digestion plant, an extensive range of Plymouth businesses have now pledged commitment for over 100 food waste lifts per week.
Neil Stallard, Director at Alpha:Logic, said: “The Food:Logic scheme was set-up in partnership with Langage Farm to help create a sustainable, green energy source.”
“With such a strong interest in sustainability within the city, we wanted to ensure that the food waste collection scheme was open to all and went to great lengths to ensure all businesses that wanted to join the scheme could take part, regardless of the industry they are in, or the volume of food waste their organisation generates.”
Amongst the first companies to sign-up to the scheme is Ernesettle-based Kawasaki Precision Machinery.
Steve Wooding, Safety, Health & Environmental Manager, said: “Kawasaki take recycling, energy efficiency and sustainable programs very seriously indeed and as part of the ‘Kaizen’ continuous improvement philosophy, we are always looking for new, innovative and responsible ways to help reduce the Kawasaki carbon footprint, and preserve the environment.”
“The Food:Logic scheme provides us with a cleaner, greener and more environmentally-friendly solution for recycling all of our food waste, whilst at the same time allowing us to support local businesses.”
As the nation’s greenest hotel chain, Graham Hole, General Manager at Jurys Inn, was keen to pledge support to the food waste project: “As a company, we are targeting ourselves to divert as much waste as possible away from landfill. We already recycle most of our waste and, at present, food is our main stream of waste sent to landfill.”
“Sustainability is important to our business because, as the country’s greenest hotel company, we feel passionately about the environment in which we all live and work. Through joining the Food:Logic scheme we can become truly accountable for the destination of all our waste and ensure we are not damaging the environment.”
Laura Wellington, Sustainability Officer at City College Plymouth, added: “Over the past four years City College Plymouth has been working hard to manage its waste streams, encouraging students and staff to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible, and to compost food waste to stop it going to landfill.”
“The food collection scheme is an excellent opportunity for the College to actively be involved in a citywide scheme with the help of Alpha:Logic.”
“Through our Sustainability Policy, City College Plymouth is committed to reducing its impact on the environment and working hard to embed sustainability through both the College structure and the curriculum.”
“Decomposing food waste in landfill sites can produce nasty leachate and contribute to greenhouse emissions; by participating in this scheme, along with other businesses in Plymouth, we are turning our food waste into a valuable product such as compost or fertiliser which Langage Farm can benefit from.”
As a buffet-style restaurant, The View Pan Asia Restaurant sought an efficient recycling solution for the food waste generated by its business.
Ying Liao, Company Secretary, stated: “Food waste recycling management is a big concern for our business and we have sought to minimise the environmental impact of our waste. The Food:Logic scheme has allowed us to now recycle 80% of our food waste and divert it from landfill. Not only is this project great news for the hospitality industry, it’s a huge green boost for the city as a whole.”
The Food:Logic scheme uses Langage Farm’s £3.4 million anaerobic digestion plant to turn Plymouth’s food waste into a sustainable energy source.
Organic matter which is input into the facility is softened to allow for better digestion of the bacteria. As the organisms eat their way through the waste, methane gas is created as a by-product. This gas is siphoned off and used to power an engine, which in turn powers an electrical generator.
The waste heat from the generator is extracted and used at the factory. The excess power is then sent to the National Grid. The only waste product from the process is organic digested material which, when dried, is an effective fertiliser.