School kitchen waste helps food grow

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Around 2,888 tonnes of kitchen waste per year from North Lincolnshire schools is being turned into renewable energy and organic fertiliser that is then used to help food grow and divert waste from landfill.

The council has teamed up with ReFood UK Ltd, based in Doncaster, in this innovative scheme to recycle food waste from 64 schools in North Lincolnshire instead of sending it to landfill, which is more expensive and harmful to the environment.

Every day, around 13,500 school meals are prepared.

DynAgro is an organic fertiliser containing N, P and K nutrients produced by ReFood’s bio-digestion process.

Coun Nigel Sherwood, cabinet member for highways and neighbourhoods at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “It is good to see food waste from our schools being recycled into organic fertiliser which in turn helps the environment.

“This is part of a range of measures the council is introducing to help recycle more of our waste. When you think how many school meals are prepared each day, there will be a lot of waste that can be recycled eg vegetable peelings, egg shells and leftover food.

“By recycling this, we are able to reuse it, help the environment and help food grow!”