Eco Food Recycling has become the 10th official partner of the Bournemouth & Poole Sustainable Food City Partnership. The initiative aims to get as many new people as possible growing and cooking food. It also provides support to prevent individuals and families from falling into food poverty as well as raising awareness of sustainable food businesses.
Ringwood-based Eco Food Recycling joins other prominent backers including Bournemouth Borough Council, the Borough of Poole, Bournemouth University, AFC Bournemouth and Castlepoint. Simon Heaps, their Commercial Manager, said, “The Sustainable Food City Partnership is a great initiative and Eco Food Recycling is pleased and proud to become an official partner. We work with all of our clients on waste reduction to ensure that they are compliant with their legal requirements.
“Previously the majority of commercial food waste was taken to landfill sites where it rots and produces methane – a powerful greenhouse gas that is 25 times more damaging than carbon dioxide. We provide a zero waste to landfill solution with the food waste collected and then transported to an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Piddlehinton, Dorset, where it is converted into renewable energy.”
The Bournemouth & Poole Sustainable Food City Partnership was founded in 2014 and currently has 200 people, businesses and organisations as members. Its campaigns include making Bournemouth and Poole a sustainable fish city with businesses and organisations, including hospitals, Bournemouth University and school meal providers, signing a fish pledge and committing to remove all endangered fish from their menus.
It is also leading a drive to create more community gardens, allowing people to grow cheap, fresh and healthy foods literally on their doorstep.
Sarah Watson, Partnership Manager, said: “The support of our official partners is crucial to the success of the Bournemouth & Poole Sustainable Food City Partnership. We’re delighted to have signed up Eco Food Recycling as an official partner as the successful, and sustainable, disposal of food waste plays a key role in the food cycle.”
Based on Endeavour Business Park in Ringwood, the company has a fleet of specialist vehicles and its own trained crews and collects thousands of tonnes of food waste each week nationally.