ECO WARRIORS at Stoke Prior First School have become permaculture heroes by recycling 53kg of food waste per week.
The school’s Eco Council comprises students from each year.
Together they will be recycling an incredible two tonnes of food waste per year.
United in their quest to find sustainable solutions for food disposal, they discovered food waste recycler Andigestion.
Food waste from the school’s on-site kitchen is taken to the company’s anaerobic digestion plant in Gloucestershire where it is turned into bio-methane gas.
Here it is used as ‘green energy’ for local homes and transformed into liquid fertiliser for farmers, replacing the usual carbon-intensive chemical option.
Headteacher Leigh Satchwell said it was important to find a solution which not only met the standards of the school’s Eco Council, but also engaged students to think where their food came from and what happened to leftovers.
The Eco Warriors also undertake daily composting, have solar panels on site and educate fellow students about the environment.
Andigestion commercial manager, Jason Ward said: “By recycling their food waste with us instead of sending it to landfill, Stoke Prior is helping to prevent nine tonnes of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere.”