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Tidy Planet rockets to recycling success

Recycling expert enjoys a string of awards success, helping Loughborough University reduce their waste to landfill by 355 tonnes

Tidy Planet has helped Loughborough University win an award for outstanding achievements in recycling through use of the company’s on-site food waste solutions.

Presented at a Gala Ceremony for Excellence in recycling 2009, the Waste Management Initiative Award recognises the results achieved by Tidy Planet and Imago Services – the university’s maintenance and catering department – across the university campus, with Loughborough University currently employing two of Tidy Planet’s Rocket® food recycling systems.

Since first introducing a recycling service at the university’s halls of residence in 2006, Imago Services has managed to reduce the waste to landfill by 355 tonnes – 10% of which was generated by the food waste on site.

Chris Steele from Imago Services, Loughborough University, says: "As a University with a large number of catered halls and outlets, food waste presents one of our biggest environmental challenges, not to mention one of our biggest overheads. By providing the support, services and advice that they do, Tidy Planet has helped us reduce not only our waste going to landfill, but also our waste costs."

With a further four catered halls of residence, Tidy Planet and Loughborough University are aiming to reduce the need for further landfill by a potential 140 tonnes per year.

Tidy Planet was also recognised by Loughborough University earlier this year in their "BEST" Awards, winning the "BEST Sustainable Supplier" for implementing the Rocket® food waste recycling systems, which are accountable for 35 tonnes per year of the overall waste volume diverted from landfill since 2006.

Additional award success has been enjoyed by Tidy Planet, with managing director Simon Webb a runner up in the final of the Innovate ’09 Awards for the Camel® waterless food waste disposer. The awards were hosted by Stopford Projects Ltd and recognised the most novel environmental technology developed this year.

Simon was among four finalists to be shortlisted for the £10,000 prize of free consultancy support and attended the Lancaster Environment Centre to pitch to a panel of industry experts in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ type scenario.

Simon says: "To be shortlisted for this award is a great achievement. As a company we are very much focused on developing innovative solutions that can help reduce landfill and the damaging methane gases it produces, and this award highlights the importance of developing technology that allows us to manage the long term care of our environment.

"There is increasing pressure from the government for us to remove biodegradable food residues from landfill, as we continue to miss the European targets for landfill reduction. The Camel® is capable of achieving volume reduction in excess of 50% and unlike other macerators, which consume water at a rate of 15-20 litres per minute, the Camel® is waterless – making it an efficient and cost effective solution."

Already proven in over 200 sites, the Rocket® composter and the Camel® macerator are changing the face of small-medium scale food waste disposal in the UK. Current applications include: schools; colleges; universities; catering facilities; conference centres; hotels; restaurants; hospitals; prisons; urban-high-density population areas; military sites; residential centres; and office developments.

In addition to the Rocket® composter and the Camel® macerator, Tidy Planet provides a range of garden waste and animal manure composting systems from commercial to industrial scales.

Tidy Planet already works for organisations including The National Trust, The RHS, The River Cottage, Axa and Carillion, developing bespoke solutions to help manage their waste cost effectively.

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