Ann Edwards Church of England Primary School in South Cerney is the one of the first schools to sign up to Andigestion’s Gloucestershire based food waste disposal service saving the school £1,300 a year and creating a greener school.
The school, which has 275 pupils, will send all the food waste from its on-site kitchen and classrooms to Andigestion’s anaerobic digester plant in Bishops Cleeve, which will then be processed and turned into a gas called biomethane. This gas is put 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 fertilise their soil. The school has been provided with six small food waste caddies from Andigestion which will be placed in classrooms and a larger bin to be used in the dining hall.
Anaerobic digestion is a very cost effective way to dispose of food waste, costing around a third of the price of disposing food waste via landfill. Through anaerobic digestion one tonne of food waste can provide enough gas to heat the average home for four months and 900kg of nutrient rich liquid fertiliser.
The school’s Eco Council, which is led by teacher Debbie Gleeson and is made up of children aged from seven to 11, called Eco Warriors, wanted to find a more environmentally friendly way to dispose of food waste. Along with sending all their food waste to be recycled by Andigestion’s plant, the school’s Eco Warriors also plan to plant 30 trees from the Woodland Trust and install a poly tunnel to allow the Garden Club to grow more vegetables to be used in the school kitchen.
Deputy Head Teacher Emily Chapman said: “The school’s Eco Council wanted to recycle more and the children came up with the idea. They wanted a systematic approach across the school to increase recycling in a way that was easier.” Eco Leader Debbie Gleeson added “Everyone at the school is very proud and excited about the next chapter as an eco- school.”