Directorate of Estates and Facilities

Food Waste

Around 15 million tonnes of food a year is wasted in the UK, 9 million tonnes of which is thrown away by various hospitality and food services.

Members of the University can reduce their waste by considering what they order for University catered events - for more information visit the Sustainable Food pages.

The University has been collecting food waste from catered Halls of Residence for some time now and in the first year alone (2016/17) sent 173 tonnes of food waste for anaerobic digestion rather than disposing of it. You can find more information on the process by visting the ReFood web pages.

We now have food waste bins in the following locations on campus:

  • Eats restaraunt in University Place*
  • Greenhouse Cafe, George Kenyon Building
  • Vasaio, Simon Building
  • Enigma, Renold Building
  • Mumford, Barnes Wallis Building
  • The HUb, Manchester Meeting Place
  • Students Union*
  • Christie's Bistro
  • Small World cafe, International Society William Kay House

* these locations have food waste bins for staff and students to use - the others have food waste bins in the kitchens only.

Food waste is collected by the University's waste contractors and taken to a local anaerobic digestion facility - you can find out more about this process here.