- Food wastage reduces drastically at Aldenham school as the machine feasts on 2,000 litres of food waste per week
- Garbage Guzzler tears through food bins in just 24 hours
Aldenham School in Elstree is the first school in the UK to invest in the Garbage Guzzler. Alongside wiping out a variety of single-use plastics from bottles to packaging throughout the School, this initiative is the next stage to becoming self-sustainable and continuing to steer the community towards a more eco-friendly future. The Garbage Guzzler uses bacteria to reduce organic waste, including food, cardboard and paper packaging. The process takes as little as 24 hours, and harvests a substance that can be used as a soil improver or biomass fuel.
With the help of the Garbage Guzzler Aldenham will be composting all food wastage which was previously removed from the grounds by lorry, making a positive impact on the community both economically and environmentally.
Andy Williams, Head of Aldenham Senior School, said: “We are proud to be the first school in the UK using this technology. It is important for us to continue to strive towards a greener future. Reducing our wastage this way, on site, enables us to not only service our grounds more efficiently but also allows us to reduce vehicle movements that are associated with recycling.”
Lee Vines, Chief Operating Officer for PKL Group, which supplied the Garbage Guzzler, said: “We’re delighted that Aldenham has started using the Garbage Guzzler which helps the environment by reducing methane emissions and capturing carbon in a product which can be used to improve soil. Unavoidable food waste is a recurring problem and technologies like the GG are key to helping the planet and reducing the costs and impact of waste.”
According to a report by WRAP, the education sector generates 123,000 tonnes of food waste per year as a collective with only 8% of food waste in schools being composted. The introduction of the aerobic food waste digester at Aldenham will considerably reduce the environment impact of food wastage.