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 academic year 2017/18 sent 174 tonnes of food waste for anaerobic digestion rather than disposing of it.

In January 2019 the University started a new waste contract so now our food waste is collected by Veolia (ES) UK Ltd and taken to their Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Trafford Park to be bulked up, before being transferred to anaerobic digestion facilities in either North Wales or Warwickshire operated by Biogen. Their treatment process can be seen in the video to the right of this page.

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
  • Chancellors Hotel
  • Starbucks, Sackville Street

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