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Cardiff Gets Tough on Food Recycling with ‘On-the-Spot’ Fines

The City of Cardiff will become one of the first major cities in the UK to enforce a fine for not properly recycling food as the council rolls out a “zero tolerance” stance on food waste and litter.

Food Recycling Caddy

Household discovered to be putting leftover food scraps in black bags will be monitored by council waste enforcement officers, who have the authority to issue £100 on-the-spot fines.

Should that not be paid within two weeks, legal action can be enforced putting non-food recyclers out of pocket to the tune of (up to) £1000.

Cardiff -  like many local authorities – introduced a food caddie to homes and began kerbside food waste collections late last year on a weekly basis.  Councillor Ashley Govier said residents had ‘no excuse’ not to recycling their leftovers and the new hardline stance will help cut down on vermin and divert unnecessary waste to landfill.

“We have to change people’s behaviour and sometimes that means you have to enforce fines,” Coun Govier said. “We have been doing the education and now it’s time for the fines. It can no longer just be a talking to – it’s got to be the stick.”

Wales currently boast one of the highest food recycling rates in Europe, and with local authorities cracking down like Cardiff has done here, it’s no surprise that’s the case.


Commercial food waste recycling bins to be heated ?

Food waste bins at 7am in the morning covered in snow

Eco Food Recycling collecting commercial food waste.

When the country is gripped in sub zero temperatures nobody thinks of the “poor old bin man ” who has to go out in all weather conditions.

Although extreme weather causes problems for all refuse collectors it is the companies that have commercial food waste collections that face the biggest problems.

A lot of pubs and hotels who have food waste collections to improve their recycling figures along with adding to their CSR ( corporate social responsibility ) put the food waste into the bins “naked”, meaning that no bags are used.

In the warmer weather this is fine but in the current climate this causes major problems when attempting to empty commercial food waste bins:

  • Food waste is very heavy
  • Food waste is predominantly water
  • Food waste bins are generally left outside, to the elements
  • Frozen food waste does not easily come out of the bin when emptied into the refuse cart
  • The weight of the food waste puts extreme pressure on the bin when lifted, if it does not exit the bin because it is frozen and can be potentially dangerous causing the bin to break

Of course the answer is heated food waste bins to keep the temperature of the food waste at a level to stop it freezing.

Although this will never happen it does prove that there is a problem and it is the poor old bin man who is left to clear up the rubbish,yet again.

 

 

 

 

 


Food waste recycling features high on DEFRA waste review

Caroline Spelman, Secretary of State DEFRA

DEFRA produced its Government Review of Waste Policy in England 2011  this week ( 14th June ) and food waste collections both commercial and domestic featured very highly as the Government looks to divert waste from landfill.

Caroline Spelman pointed out in her Ministerial Foreward:

Waste is a major contributor to methane emissions and, if not managed properly, can harm our environment and damage communities. Waste can also be a source of renewable energy, and a source of valuable materials to enable a more sustainable use of our material resources.

We are committed to working towards a zero waste economy as part of the transition to a green economy and our committment to be the greenest government ever.

Together we can go further and faster to move waste out of landfill towards greater recycling, re-use and, in particular, greater waste prevention.

Food waste in particular had a big part to play in the waste review and the following extracts highlighted the problems that food waste from the commercial and residential sectors can affect all of us.

We have already identified food waste as a priority waste-stream for action as it goes
to landfill in considerable quantities, and accounts for almost half of all waste CO2eq
emissions. The total annual food waste arisings in Britain are estimated at around
16 million tonnes with at least 40% of this disposed to landfill.

Our overall, long-term, vision is that:
■  We substantially reduce the amount of food wasted;

■ Food waste that does arise is recognised as a valuable resource, and is processed to produce renewable energy and a bio fertiliser so that nutrients are returned to the soil;

■ No food waste goes to landfill.

Landfill should be the last resort for biodegradable waste. The landfill tax will remain the key driver
to divert waste from landfill and remains necessary to ensure we meet key EU targets in 2020.

These are some key points that have been selected so that commercial food waste can be identified to be diverted from landfill and processed either by IVC ( in vessel composting ) or AD ( anaerobic digestion ).

Eco Food Recycling offer a commercial food waste collection and recycling service across Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey and Sussex and now are pleased to announce that they can offer a national food waste collection and recycling service through its extensive partnership programme around the UK.


Business food waste collection and recycling on the increase ahead of waste review

Food waste at landfill

With the imminent publication of the DEFRA’S waste review strategy next week, which is expected to propose legislation on food waste being diverted from landfill in the future,momemtum is building from many sectors to divert food waste from landfill immediately.

Eco Food Recycling the southern based food waste collection and recycling company who offer a national UK food waste collection round are being inundated with enquiries to collect commercial food waste from businesses of all sizes.

Hotels, Restaurants, Pub chains,Schools and Universities, Company Canteens, Supermarkets and Food Producers are among the businesses that are looking to start the service from Eco Food Recycling shortly as they look to increase their recycling figures by diverting the food waste from landfill and having it 100 % recycled.

With the recent rise in landfill tax the monetary factor for food waste collection and recycling can actually become “cost neutral” as environmentally minded companies look to recycle food waste before legislation forces them in the future.

Food waste recycling normally is split into two processes, AD ( anaerobic digestion ) and IVC ( in vessel composting ) and Eco Food Recycling are fully committed to both food waste recycling methods as they support their zero waste to landfill ethos, now and in the future.

Currently all food waste collected by Eco Food Recycling is taken to Eco Sustainable Solutions near Bournemouth Airport where the food waste is processed by in vessel composting. In the early stages of 2012 a new AD plant will be opened in West Dorset and the food waste will be turned into renewable energy.

Eco Food Recycling offer  commercial food waste collection and recycling rounds in Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey and Sussex along with a national food waste collection service in association with its partnership programme around the UK.


Harvest Fine Foods divert 50 tonnes of food waste from landfill

Eco Food Recycling food waste bins on site at Harvest Fine Foods, Christchurch

Harvest Fine Foods enrolled the services of Eco Food Recycling in January to find a sustainable solution to the waste produced from there new pre-prepared fruit and veg service that they were launching to their client base.

In the first 5 months of 2011 in-excess of 50 tonnes of food waste has been collected by Eco Food Recycling and recycled giving the Christchurch based food production and distribution company a zero waste to landfill solution.

A total of 12 x 240 ltr food waste bins were placed on site by southern based food waste collection and recycling firm Eco Food Recycling, and collections were made three times per week. By the end of May a total of 471 food waste bins were collected with a total weight of 50,811 kgs at an average lift weight of 108 kgs per bin.

Eco Food Recycling use portable heavy duty scales to weigh each bin giving  100% accurate bin lift weight data for their clients. This weight data is used purely for monthly management reporting as requested by customers and not for charging purposes.

A national food waste collection service is offered  by Eco Food Recycling.


Castlepoint Shopping Park approach 50 tonne of food waste collected

Peter Matthews, General Manager - Castlepoint Shopping Park, Bournemouth

Castlepoint Shopping Park in Bournemouth, one of the many clients that have accurate bin weight figures provided by Eco Food Recycling

Castlepoint Shopping Park in Bournemouth opened in 2003 and with 645,000 sq ft of retail space is the largest shopping park in the UK covering 41 acres. Peter Matthews, General Manager, arrived in 2005 and soon had recycling on his agenda.

Before 2006 the centre had no recycling policy and disposing of waste was a major expense and was growing annually, even something as basic as cardboard was being collected at a cost to Castlepoint. The success of the recycling project undertaken by Peter Matthews and his team has been quite staggering in the following years. From 100% waste to landfill in 2005 Castlepoint have reached the heady heights of 61% recycled last year and are looking to have over 70% of the Shopping Parks waste recycled by the end of this year.

Food waste was a stream that had always been sent to landfill however this all changed following an introduction to Simon Heaps from Eco Food Recycling at the Bournemouth Chamber of Trade’s Green Knowledge Network Forum. There followed several consultations as to how potential savings could be made if a zero waste to landfill policy was implemented for the food waste generated at the Park.

Initially the two principle restaurants , Nando’s and Frankie & Bennys, were selected for trial and supplied with three 240L wheelie bins each, bio-degradable bags and instructions on what could be disposed . The trial and weighing of the food waste began in August 2010, during the first four weeks 1.8 tonnes of food waste was collected by Eco Food Recycling . This convinced Peter and his team that diversion of the food waste stream would work and make a massive impact on their recycling figures. The second phase was rolled out in October  when the three coffee shops,  Costa Coffee, Cafe Nero and Thorntons, were introduced into the collection rota increasing the monthly tonnage to over 3 tonnes. For example nearly 100 kgs of coffee grounds are collected from each outlet weekly. That equates to over 15 tonnes annually.

The vision of Peter Matthews and his team then extended to the staff rooms at all of the retail stores within the Park. Eco Food Recycling were asked to provide kitchen caddies and bio-degradeable bags so that fruit, sandwiches and any waste food produced by staff could also be collected and recycled.

The introduction of this latest initiative within Castlepoint Shopping Park has resulted in over 6 tonnes of food waste being collected during April alone and in excess of  42 tonnes since Eco Food Recycling commenced collections in August 2010. With a “zero waste to landfill” policy being used these figures meant a total landfill diversion solution for the Park for its food waste.

The food waste recycling scheme was implemented by Eco Food Recycling by placing eleven 240 ltr food waste wheelie bins in strategic places around the confines of the Park convenient for the tenants to place their food waste bags into when full. The retailers were each supplied with bio-degradeable bags and 23 ltr kitchen caddies.

To make the initiative work  it was vital to have the co-operation of all tenants and their staff. This  was obtained after co-directors Simon Heaps and Andy Jones visited each unit on site before food waste collections commenced. Simon and Andy explained the reasons and benefits behind the scheme to each units staff and what was required from them to make it successful.  With any such scheme  it’s vital to communicate with every employee  of each unit and fully explain how and more importantly why a scheme is being introduced.

“ Simon and Andy were instrumental in setting up our trial, speaking to the restaurants concerned and providing the necessary training to make the exercise a resounding success. We are very pleased that their hard work is starting to reap benefits for them, as much as it is for ourselves, in making the Centre greener. We are extremely focussed on our Centre footprint and will continue to support this initiative whilst encouraging other Shopping Centres to adopt the principles of this very worthwhile scheme” said Bill Riddle Operation Manager – Castlepoint Shopping Park.

He added   “Staff soon became familiar with the process but were right behind the trial and wanted to play their part to make Castlepoint “greener”.

“Since the start of the trial in  August last year , when we sent 1.8 tonnes of food waste to be recycled, we have generated 42 tonnes of food waste. This directly equates to the same reduction in tonnages sent to landfill without the additional costs. “

“ We asked Eco Food Recycling to give us exact landfill diversion figures which they did by using their own unique method of weighing each bin. With lightweight industrial scales that can be calibrated to the nearest 10 grams they provide monthly management reports showing bin lifts and weights collected. It is good to see a young vibrant waste company being set a target and delivering.”

Simon Heaps and Andy Jones, the joint Directors of Eco Food Recycling, looked long and hard at the best way to provide accurate bin weights for their clients, including Castlepoint Shopping Park, at the outset and were fully aware of the technology that is available as regards bin chips and on board weighing systems. However the industry is fully aware of the pitfalls and expense of installing and implementing such systems for small companies so another alternative was sought.

By using portable and weatherproof industrial scales on their vehicles they are able to accurately report to their clients the weights that have been lifted and subsequently diverted from landfill. Clients are charged on a bin lift pricing module and not by weight.

By offering these landfill diversion figures which can also be used for a carbon footprint reduction analysis they are able to offer something that is unique within the food waste collection industry.

Local media coverage has highlighted Castlepoint  for their “green initiatives” along with enhancing the growing reputation of Eco Food Recycling as a leading independant food waste collection and recycling company in the South of England.

Simon Heaps said “ When we first spoke to Peter Matthews we found somebody who was fully focused on increasing the Parks recycling percentages but needed to find a sustainable solution without increased costs. We found the assistance of the tenants was certainly helped because of the strong recycling ethos at Castlepoint and the fact that they were already segregating and recycling other waste streams within the Park so the introduction of food waste collections and recycling was easy to implement.”

“Nowadays with so many local authorities collecting food waste and mixed recyclables residentially it came as no surprise to the tenants staff that they were being asked to adopt commercial recycling within the Park. Without their support and assistance this would have been a lot harder.” he added.

Eco Food Recycling who operate a food waste collection and recycling service covering Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey and Sussex dispose of their food waste at a local IVC ( in vessel composting ) facility near Bournemouth Airport run by Trelawney Dampney and his  Eco Sustainable Solutions team  where the food waste is turned into compost.  During the early part of 2012 Trewlawney will be opening an AD plant nearby, and the Castlepoint food waste will be destined for renewable energy.

For any Shopping Centres or Parks that are thinking of introducing food waste collections the benefits are clear to see :

  • Landfill diversion – helping the environment and making your operation “ greener “
  • Increased recycling figures – Using media coverage to your advantage.
  • Cost neutral benefits from day one which can result in decreased ongoing costs going forward as landfill tax increases year on year
  • Interaction with tenants and their staff

Peter Matthews had the final word.  “ We asked Eco Food Recycling to increase our recycling figures ,which they did. We have had over 42 tonnes of food waste diverted from landfill  to date and our costs have not increased. I see this as an easy to implement  blueprint for other shopping centres around the UK to follow and would encourage others to follow suit.”


Food waste collections on the agenda at Stonehenge

Sarsen Trail competitors heading for Stonehenge

Witshire Wildlife Trust chose Eco Food Recycling to handle their food waste when they held the Sarsen Trail event, a 26 mile route from Avebury to Stonehenge.

In excess of 2,500 people either ran, walked or biked along the route this weekend ( Sunday May 1st ) and the environment was high on the agenda for the WWT as they enrolled food waste collection and recycling specialists Eco Food Recycling to collect strategically placed food waste bins along the route.

Events of this nature are handled by the Ringwood based food waste collection experts on a regular basis and they are used to the demands that high spectator and participant events produce. Food waste in abundance needs to be recycled and Eco Food Recyling currently have this waste stream disposed of at a local IVC ( in vessel composting ) facility.

Food waste bins can be supplied and collected at times to fit in with any organisation and advice given as to what waste can be placed within the bins.

Eco Food Recycling currently offer a food waste collection and recycling service in Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Sussex, Somerset, Avon and Bristol whereby all food waste collected is 100 % recycled.


Eco Food Recycling take delivery on new food waste vehicle

Eco Food Recycling have taken delivery of a new vehicle to add to their fleet. The new NTM 7.5 tonne vehicle was delivered in response to an ever growing order book of food waste collections within their area.

The Ringwood based specialist food waste collection and recycling company have revised their projections for 2011 food waste collections due to increased business and expansion of their customer base within the hotel and restaurant sector.

Food waste collection and recycling is a very hot topic at present and Eco Food Recycling, the leading independant food waste collection company in the south, are being inundated with requests for the collection and disposal of commercial food waste from all parts of the country.

Through their extensive partners around the country Eco Food Recycling are able to offer a national food waste collection and recycling service to businesses of all sizes.


Catering food waste destined to be recycled in the future

Food waste from the catering and hospitality sector

Caroline Spelman, Secretary of State DEFRA

Catering food waste has been sent via general waste bins to landfill for many years but this is sure to change if a landfill ban for food waste is mentioned in the Governments waste review strategy next month.

With the options for catering food waste to go to either anaerobic digestion plants or in vessel composting facilities around the UK increasing then there is no reason why the food waste coming from the catering and hospitality sector should continue to go to landfill.

Catering establishments encompass many forms of food production, and consequently food waste, and although margins within this industry are very tight the difference betwen sending food waste to landfill or having the food waste fully recycled are virtually “cost neutral”. This is mainly because of the rise in landfill tax that is due to increase again on 1st April as it is set at £56 per tonne.

With the landfill tax rising again over the next few years the difference between recycled food waste and food waste going to landfill will mean that catering food waste will be diverted from landfill once and for all, which is exactly what the Government are hoping for.

Eco Food Recycling, the leading independant food waste collection and recycling company in the South of England, offer a food waste collection and recycling service to the catering industry in Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Sussex, Somerset and Avon whereby all food waste collected is 100 % recycled.


Big push for food waste collections and recycling

Castlepoint Shopping Park in Bournemouth, one of the many clients that have accurate bin weight figures provided by Eco Food Recycling

With the landfill tax increase only weeks away their is a concerted effort from all of the major waste carriers namely Biffa, Sita and Veolia to increase food waste collections and to have them recycled as opposed to being sent to landfill.

Food waste is the heaviest waste stream left in the general waste bin and the impending landfill tax rise to £56 per tonne on April 1st is creating a demand for collections nationally.Most Hotels, Restaurants and Pubs are already recycling the majority of their waste including glass, cardboard/paper and plastics so it is no surprise that they are keen to have their food waste recycled.

Southern based Eco Food Recycling the specialist food waste collection and recycling company have noticed a big increase in leads as the build up to April 1st and the landfill tax increase looms.

The company that has been collecting food waste nationally are the leading independant food waste collection and recycling company in the south and are adding to their impressive list of clients by the day as well as being used by the “big three” waste carriers as a sub contractor because of their expertise in a specialist market and their desire to divert food waste away from landfill.

Eco Food Recycling offer a food waste collection and recycling service to customers of all sizes in Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Sussex, Somerset and Avon whereby all of the food waste is 100% recycled and taken to a local IVC ( in vessel composting ) facility nearby.As an addition to the food waste collection side of the business the company are also large suppliers of bio-degradeable food waste bags that are fully compostable as well as supplying external 240 ltr food waste bins and 23 ltr internal kitchen caddies especially designed for food waste with clip lock lids.

Eco Food Recycling also offer a national brokerage service for food waste collection and recycling through their range of partners that will collect food waste on their behalf. All associate partners are checked thoroughly and are registered waste carriers in their own right.

Any enquiries for nationwide food waste collections can be sent to the brokerage team at sales@ecofoodrecycling.co.uk


Food waste recycling to increase as landfill tax rises

Food waste at landfill

Food waste collection and recycling services are due to attract increased interest from businesses as landfill tax rises come into effect in April.

The commercial sector has, for a long time, just dumped food waste into general waste bins destined for landfill but as the rate of landfill tax rises each year the “cost neutral” factor is coming into effect as food waste collection and recycling not only offers a more environmentally friendly option to landfill but also a cost effective solution.

Companies such as Eco Food Recycling the leading independant food waste collection and recycling company on the south coast are finding that enquires are coming in from all food producers including schools/colleges/universities,hotels,pubs,restaurants,care homes,food producing companies,sporting venues, shopping centres,leisure and theme parks along with company canteens as they look for a fully recyclable solution for food waste.

They are all facing rises in their waste collection charges as the new increased landfill tax rises take effect in April and the cost of sending waste to landfill increases and are looking for an alternative.

Many companies are now realising that the cost of recycling food waste is now not prohibitive and is virtually “cost neutral” compared with a non-recyclable option such as landfill. Resposible businesses will have an environmental policy in place and are looking to encourage recycling with their different waste streams providing it is financially viable.

Eco Food Recycling offer a food waste collection and recycling service in Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Sussex, Somerset and Avon.


Business food waste collections increase in southern counties

Food waste from the commercial sector

Commercial food waste collections are on the increase because of the efforts of Ringwood based company Eco Food Recycling.

With legislation looming preventing food waste being sent to landfill the entrepeneural skills of two ex international sportsmen have given businesses the opportunity to have their food waste collected and recycled.

Both Andy Jones and Simon Heaps both played their respective sports at the very highest level. The former was a Welsh international footballer and his co-director was previously an English international table tennis player.

Both have adapted to the waste industry very well and have formed a company that is now the leading independant carrier of food waste in the southern counties of the country. Food waste is collected from businesses of all sizes and is 100 % recycled at a local IVC (in vessel composting ) facility nearby.

Their fleet of vehicles is collecting from different sectors including Hotels, Restaurants, Pubs, Hospitals, Schools and Universities, Shopping Centres, Leisure and Theme Parks, Food Producers, Company Canteens and Care Homes.

All of these establishments produce food waste of different volumes and although most businesses make their money by collecting waste by quantity the Dorset company actually encourage their clients to produce less food waste and ultimately save money.

This is done by their food waste management reporting where they give their clients accurate weight statistics of the food waste produced and collected.This data is then used by the customer to actually reduce the waste stream and make a reduction on their waste disposal costs.

Generally companies are very surprised as to how much food waste is produced and then collected by Eco Food Recycling but once they have the hard facts they can then set about into trying to reduce their food wastage.

Food waste can be from food preparation, plate scrapings and over purchase and out of date foodstuffs.All of these are classified as Cat 3 food waste and can be collected and recycled by Eco Food Recycling.

Eco Food Recycling offder a food waste collection and recycling service in Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Sussex, Somerset and Avon whereby all food waste collected is 100 % recycled.

Eco Food Recycling are also able to advise and arrange food waste collections nationally through their extensive partnerships that they have throughout the UK.


Hotel du Vin commence food waste recycling with Eco Food Recycling

Fine dining at the Hotel du Vin, Winchester

Hotel du Vin, Winchester

Hotel du Vin, Winchester are about to commence food waste recycling in an effort to reduce the amount of waste that is going to landfill and increase their “green credentials” within their group.

In conjunction with their waste management company , 1st Waste Management Consultants from Bournemouth and Eco Food Recycling the largest independant specialised food waste collection and recycling company in the south, they will be starting food waste recycling from 1st March.

The very first Hotel du Vin is housed in the fine architecture of one of central Winchester’s most important Georgian buildings dating back to 1715. The smallest hotel within the group, with 24 bedrooms, enjoys an intimate ambience in the cosy bistro, Champagne bar, and delightful walled garden.

Food waste will be collected from the hotel using special bio-degradeable food waste bags by Eco Food Recycling and taken to an IVC (in vessel composting) facility in the vicinity where it will be turned into compost over a prolongued 12/14 week period. Previously the food waste collected would have gone into the general waste bins at the Hotel and taken to a nearby landfill site.

Eco Food Recycling will be providing exact figures for the Hotel and 1st Waste Management Consultants as to how much food waste has been diverted from landfill.

The Hotel and Bistro are regarded as Winchester’s finest and are in high demand because of the standards that are set.

Open seven days a week, and under the tutelage of head chef, Adam Fargin Bistro du Vin is at the heart of the hotel, a classic, French styled, elegant and informal setting for lunch, dinner, to meet, celebrate or simply pass the time. You can dine on the finest produce that Hampshire has to offer from local heroes such as the family run Green Field Pork, Blackmore Game and The Real Jam and Chutney Company. These are only a handful of the many legendary suppliers they are honoured to include within their Homegrown & Local philosophy.

Eco Food Recycling have been introduced to the Hotel group because of their expertise within the food waste collection sector and there values of 100 % recycling the food waste that is produced. This is yet another very high profile client that adds to the list of Shopping Centres, Theme and Leisure Parks, Hospitals, Hotels, Restaurants, Universities and Schools, Corporate Companies and Food Producers that they service of all sizes.

Eco Food Recycling offer a food waste collection and recycling service to Hotels in Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Sussex and Avon whereby all commercial food waste collected is 100 % recycled.


WRAP claims that majority of schools food waste is avoidable

Typical school canteen

Food waste at a Junior School

A recent WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) report has stated that 78% of schools food waste is avoidable.

WRAP director of local government services Phillip Ward said: “It doesn’t make sense for food to be wasted if that can be avoided and, in most cases, it can. Apart from the cost and the carbon emissions, this waste means that pupils are missing out on the balanced nutrition they need.”

The Food Waste in Schools report estimated that of the 80,382 tonnes of food waste generated yearly in primary and secondary schools nationwide, up to 77% of secondary and 78% of primary school food waste was found to be avoidable. ‘Avoidable food’ refers to “any food waste item typically intended for consumption” including uneaten fruit, unopened or partially eaten yoghurts, unserved dinners and damaged or gone off food.

Food waste from schools is generally put in general waste bins and sent to landfill sites but companies such as Eco Food Recycling are making a big push to schools in Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Sussex, Somerset and Avon to collect their food waste and have it 100 % recycled at a local IVC ( in vessel composting facility ) near Bournemouth Airport.

Their zero waste to landfill solution for schools should be applauded but they are meeting certain financial stumbling blocks along the way.

Eco Food Recycling Director Simon Heaps said ” In general, schools are very interested in recycling their food waste and diverting the food waste from landfill but local authority cuts and internal budget restraints are preventing many schools in implementing our services.”

He added ” We have the capability to give exact figures as to how much food waste is collected and prevented in going to the worst place possible, landfill.”

Our service is fully sustainable and until figures are given as to how much food waste is produced by the students/pupils and the kitchen then how can any school look to reduce their food waste. ”

Eco Food Recycling offer a food waste collection and recycling service to schools,colleges and universities in the south and south west of England including Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Sussex, Somerset and Avon whereby all food waste is 100 % recycled.


Food waste collection and recycling by SME’s dependant on new disposal sites

Example of an Anaerobic Digester ( AD) plant

Eco Food Recycling Directors Andy Jones and Simon Heaps

Directors Andy Jones and Simon Heaps

With food waste being diverted from landfill a very hot topic at present in the waste industry it is the availability of new disposal sites to recycle the food waste that is paramount.

Eco Food Recycling the souths leading independant food waste collection and recycling company are being approached on a weekly basis by prospective AD ( anaerobic digestion ) sites for their waste availability if and when planning was to be passed.

The problem is that investors that are looking to move into AD technology where food waste  is recycled and turned into renewable energy resulting in revenue being generated from the national grid, need the food waste and want commitments from the food waste carriers in the industry to provide that particular waste stream on a regular basis.

Without that committment they are loathe to invest in a project that could become a “white elephant”. With local authorities holding back on new kerbside collections of food waste from residents because of local government cuts this guaranteed tonnage is not necessarily forthcoming.

From the carriers point of view any new AD sites would be beneficial, mainly because gate fees will become more competitive but also because transportation costs could be reduced along with the carbon footprint of the carrier.However without the guarantee that the food waste disposal site will open it is not always possible to commit to tonnage for the new site although being very interested.

It is certainly a “chicken and egg” situation and one that is very difficult to resolve from both sides.If legislation was to be introduced preventing food waste being sent to landfill then the picture would become a lot clearer and investment into food waste recycling and AD would not be such a risk.

Food waste collection and recycling services are in demand and Eco Food Recycling, based in Ringwood, have found customers from many different sectors including hotels, restaurants, pubs, schools, universities,company canteens, shopping centres, food producers and leisure and theme parks along with being used by some of the largest waste companies in the country as a sub contractor.

Eco Food Recycling offer a food waste collection and recycling service in Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Sussex, Somerset and Avon whereby all commercial food waste collected is 100 % recycled.


Harvest Fine Foods divert over 8 tonnes of food waste peelings in only 3 weeks

Eco Food Recycling food waste bins on site

Eco Food Recycling within the IVC (in vessel composting ) hall

Harvest Fine Foods, the Christchurch based Food wholesaler, who recently started their prepared vegetables service to their client base have diverted, from landfill, in excess of 8 tonnes of veg peelings in only 3 weeks.

The company decided to use the expertise of local food waste collection and recycling firm Eco Food Recycling as they were fully committed to diverting the food waste away from landfill and find a fully recyclable solution. With sales of the new service being accepted by the majority of their extensive client base, because of the freshness of the produce, and the fact that time and money can be saved by the many local Hotels and Restaurants that they supply on their daily delivery schedule.

Although the service is only 3 weeks old and still in its infancy the fact that over 8 tonnes of peelings have been created and ultimately diverted from landfill is staggering.

Richard Strongman, MD of Harvest Fine Foods said ” The uptake of our new service has not really surprised us as we were fully convinced that our client base needed this service but we have been staggered as to how much weight is involved with the vegetable peelings. Luckily we chose the correct company in Eco Food Recycling and they collect from us three times a week. We asked for exact bin weights, which they provided with their unique bin weighing system, and we get a monthly spreadsheet clearly showing how many bins of food waste have been collected and the exact weight that is collected and diverted from landfill.”

He added ” Communication is paramount in our business and this is a priority with Eco Food Recycling so we are looking forward to a long relationship with the company as we expand the fresh produce side of Harvest Fine Foods.”

Eco Food Recycling offer a food waste collection and recycling service to businesses including food producers and catering outlets within Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey and Sussex.


Eco Food Recycling confirm food waste to be sent to AD

Trelawney Dampney - Eco Sustainable Solutions

Eco Food Recycling the Ringwood based commercial food waste and recycling company have confirmed that the food waste that is currently collected on their rounds will be taken to the new AD ( Anaerobic Digestion ) plant once it is opened in the autumn near Dorchester.

Currently the commercial food waste that is collected from Schools, Universities, Hotels, Restaurants, Pubs, Food Producers, Shopping Centres, Leisure Parks and company canteens is taken to a local IVC ( in vessel composting ) facility where after a prolongued 12/14 week process it is turned into compost.

A new AD plant is currently under construction at Piddlehinton near Dorchester and the site from Eco Sustainable Solutions is due to be commissioned and opened by autumn 2011 where the food waste will produce renewable energy.The project is the brainchild of Eco Sustainable Solutions MD – Trewlawney Dampney.

The state of the art AD facility will be able to accept packaged food from supermarkets along with both residential and commercial food waste with an anticipated capacity of 30,000 tonnes pa.

The coalition government are firmly behind AD as a fully sustainable solution to the food waste in the UK and the “waste review” that is due out in April will support this view.

Eco Food Recycling are firmly supportive of AD for the commercial food waste that they collect from their clients as their preferred recycling option.

Eco Food Recycling collect commercial food waste in Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey and Sussex and will shortly be announcing the ability to collect food waste from businesses in Somerset and Avon as well.


Food waste bin weights prove to be heavy

Eco Food Recycling food waste bins on site

Eco Food Recycling the Ringwood based food waste collection and recycling company have  completed a six month study of bin weights where commercial food waste is concerned.

With commercial food waste collections being made from establishments such as Hotels, Pubs, Restaurants, Universities, Hospitals, Shopping Centres, Schools and Leisure Parks the bin weight figures have been compiled either by utilising the companies exact bin weighing at each site or by dividing the total number of bins collected on a day with the weighbridge weights at the recycling disposal site.

Eco Food Recycling who supply 240 ltr wheelie bins to its customer base for food waste collections have actually lifted bins that have approached the 200 kg mark per bin. This is clearly too heavy either for its staff or the staff of the client because of the Health and Safety issues involved.

One of the leading waste management companies in the land have done a similar exercise and their bins have averaged at 90 kg per bin but Eco Food Recycling stats have come in a fraction lighter at 87 kg per bin.

With a standard 1100 Euro bin that contains general waste averaging at 81 kg per bin (information supplied by Poole Borough Council) it clearly shows that food waste is extremely heavy and shows the necessity for it to be placed in wheelie bins no larger than a 240 ltr size.

These figures prove beyond any doubt that commercial food waste is at least four times the weight of general waste and can clearly show why there is such a disparity on the price of collection and disposal of food waste that is collected and recycled as opposed to general waste that is collected in the larger Euro bins and sent to landfill.

With landfill taxes due to rise again in April to £56 per tonne (tax alone) there is even more reason for responsible companies to seriously consider food waste collection and recycling as opposed to landfill.

Eco Food Recycling offer a service where monthly spreadsheets can be supplied clearly showing the number of bins lifted and emptied along with the exact (to nearest 100 grams) weight of the bins lifted. These stats can be used to calculate landfill diversion weights and reduction in carbon footprint for those companies.In addition the client can then use the figures supplied to reduce the food waste that is produced and save money. Clearly, without accurate figures as to how much food waste is being produced, how can any establishment look to reduce the waste stream.

Eco Food Recycling offer a food waste collection and recycling service in Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey and Sussex whereby all food waste collected is 100 % recycled by means of IVC ( in vessel composting ).


Food waste tops the agenda at NISP workshop instigated by Eco Food Recycling

Delegates at the NISP workshop

Discussion by delegates at recent NISP workshop

The NISP  “Food for thought” workshop held at Dudsbury Golf Club this week ( Tuesday 25th January) and co-sponsored by Eco Food Recycling attracted many local businesses that were looking to have food waste collected and diverted from landfill.

The half day event was attended by a selected group that included  Bournemouth Borough Council, Hall & Woodhouse Brewery, Littlesea Holiday Park, Poole Grammar School, Ministry of Justice (Prison Service) and the De Vere Village Hotel along with leading waste carriers including Eco Food Recycling the specialised food waste collection and recycling company from Ringwood.

The main sponsor of the event and one of the guest speakers were Eco Sustainable Solutions that take approx 30,000 tonnes of food waste at their site near Bournemouth Airport and turn it into compost. This is the site that is used by Eco Food Recycling as they collect commercial food waste from Hotels, Pubs, Restaurants, Universities, Schools, Hospitals and company canteens as their customers strive for a zero waste to landfill solution for the food waste that is produced within their establishments.

Tuesday’s workshop was attended by more than 50 invited guests with the theme of the event centred around commercial food waste although there were solution providers present for all waste streams.

Simon Heaps, Director of Eco Food Recycling said “NISP is a government funded organisation that creates synergies between parties as they look for cost effective methods of reducing their waste streams. Waste for one particular company can be a useful resource for another and NISP provide the expertise through these workshops to match up different companies with solution providers to benefit all parties concerned, create jobs and save money.”

He added “Food waste is a major problem within the area, as it across the UK, and by clearly explaining how food waste can be become a resource and a recyclable product as opposed to being sent to landfill sites will benefit not only the food producers but also the communities that we live in and is fully sustainable for our future generations.”

Among the speakers were Dorset Biodiesel who collect used cooking oil and through processing turn it into bio-diesel that can be used in cars, lorries and even on land trains. This presentation was of great interest to all concerned and in particular the local Bournemouth Council contingent.

NISP practitioners were on hand to clearly explain how synergies could be made and Vishwa Wijedasa who hosted the event on behalf of NISP was pleased with the success of the event and the attendance and hoped that many connections could be made between like minded businesses.

Eco Food Recycling offer a commercial food waste collection and recycling service in Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey and Sussex whereby all food waste collected is disposed of and 100% recycled at a nearby IVC (in vessel composting) facility.


Eco Food Recycling have food waste recycled into compost

Eco Food Recycling the Ringwood based food waste collection and recycling company are disposing of the commercial food waste that they collect from Hotels, Restaurants, Pubs, Schools, Universities and Colleges, Care Homes and Food Producers to name but a few at a local composting facility close to Bournemouth Airport.

The company that started collecting commercial food waste at the start of last  summer  has shown rapid growth and attracted many high profile clients that are looking to dispose and recycle their food waste.

All food waste is taken to Eco Sustainable Solutions and is processed through their IVC ( in vessel composting) facility and transferred into compost after a prolonged 12/14 week period where any non food waste particles are screened and filtered out.

Eco Food Recycling offer a commercial food waste collection and recycling service in Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey and Sussex whereby all food waste collected is 100% recycled.

Eco Food Recycling tipping their food waste inside the IVC at Eco Sustainable Solutions



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