Thomas Day School Battersea, London


waste Star

Thomas's School in Battersea, London is turning food waste green.

Thomas's Battersea is the first school in the UK to install a vacuum processing system for food waste. Food waste is now prevented from going to landfill or the drains and is collected for conversion into biogas and fertilizer.

"We wanted the best possible environmental solution for our needs" says Catering Manager, Mark Newman. "We wanted to get the food waste handling aspect right and not have to replace it in two or three years' time when and if legislation stops the use of waste disposal equipment in kitchens"

Provising lunch for 560 children and 120 staff, the waste system processes left overs when the trays are returned. In a simple operation that is part of the new dishwasher, food waste is scrapped off plates as they are loaded onto the large dishwasher belt. Waste is then chopped into tiny pieces and sucked by vacuum into a sealed storage tank to await collection by tanker. This now occurs twice a term rather than weekly.

The dishwash and WasteStar systems were manufacturerd by Meiko and specified by commercial kitchen specialist Court Catering Equipment.

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