Grangefield Primary school in Bishops Cleeve is one of the first schools to sign up to the new Gloucestershire based food waste disposal service provided by Andigestion. The move is part of an initiative by the school’s eco-council to create a greener school.
All the food waste from Grangefield Primary School, including food waste from the onsite kitchen and break rooms, will now be sent to the Andigestion anaerobic digestion plant at Bishops Cleeve. The food will be processed and turned into biomethane, which is fed back into the National Gas Grid and used in homes across the local area. A secondary product from the process is a liquid fertiliser which is delivered to local farmers to grow their crops.
This 360o approach is what attracted the school and its caterer, Edwards and Ward, to the Andigestion system. Jane Woolf, Contract Manager at Edwards and Ward said: “We source our meat from local farms and it is butchered locally too. We have always worked hard to keep food waste to a minimum but this now completes the circle for us – food produced and processed locally, cooked and consumed locally and then recycled into energy and fertiliser for the farmers – perfect – farm to fork and back to the farm again!”
Edwards and Ward is hoping to roll out the system across the 186 schools it works with in Gloucestershire in the New Year.
Grangefield School’s Eco Council is made up of 6 KS2 students who meet regularly to discuss how the school can be more eco-friendly. The students have already implemented a scheme where all lights must be turned off if a room is not in use and are now excited to be introducing the food waste system to the school. The school is marking the move with an assembly delivered by Jason Ward from Andigestion and a competition to teach students about recycling and food waste.
Karen Lewis, Grangefield Primary School’s Head Teacher said: “Food waste is the missing link for the school; we are already recycling cans, card and paper and now being able to recycle food waste means that we are a much greener school. The students are really enthusiastic about making sure all of our recycling is done correctly and they think that the new colourful bins look really good.”