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SoilFood Systems for Schools

Aaron Moynes

While food waste from businesses and households represents a significant source of consumption-level food waste in Australia, the institutional food service sector (schools, prisons, hospitals) is also a major source of food waste. In Australia there are nearly 10,000 schools educating almost 3.5 million students each year.

Not only are the School canteens and tuck shops a significant source of food waste, but children are also known to be fussy eaters and often throw away their lunches, including whole sandwiches, fruit and anything else they don’t like.

Eco Guardians believe this presents an ideal opportunity to not only divert a huge amount of food waste from landfill, but also educate young students from an early age how to change behaviours and prevent future food waste.

Our SoilFood systems are available to process food waste between 20 kg to 1,200 kg per day, and work by dehydrating and sterilising the organic waste, resulting in a rich organic fertiliser called SoilFood. During one 10-hour cycle, the organic waste volume is reduced by 85%, with the process omitting a clear water that can either be harvested for greywater purposes or can be sent to sewer with absolutely no trade waste issues at all. Nothing is added to the process – no water, no enzymes.

Trinity College, within the University of Melbourne, have been using a SoilFood System for several years now to process the kitchen’s food waste. Trinity is a boarder college who encourage students to spend time working and helping out on campus, including the canteen, kitchen and dining hall. Students learn first hand how to repurpose their food waste into an organic fertiliser, that is then used throughout the school grounds and gardens.

Trinity groundsman John Fyffe has never been happier, saying “the roses are better than they have ever been”. The college also claims to now reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by around 80 tonnes per annum.

Imagine the huge amount of waste that could be diverted from landfill, if SoilFood Systems were introduced into every school around Australia.

There are government grants available to assist Australian schools to improve their recycling. We encourage all levels of education facilities to get in contact with us to see how they can implement a the SoilFood System. You can contact us here.

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