Oliver was presented with £500 in book vouchers for his school by Philip Simpson, commercial director at ReFood, and Caroline Flint, Member of Parliament for Don Valley, when the truck was officially unveiled last week (6th March). As part of the prize, his class will also receive a personal tour of ReFood’s anaerobic digestion plant in Doncaster.
‘At ReFood, we understand the importance of getting students to think about recycling and food waste – they’re the next generation of recyclers.
‘Our ‘ReDesign a ReFood Truck’ competition aimed to make the whole process more fun and understandable for the younger generation, helping to support the concept of sustainability in schools and at home.
‘As part of the competition, we sent each school an education pack, designed to highlight the benefits by minimising food waste and to encourage pupils to consider how they can reduce the volume of leftovers that end up in the bin. With advice and engaging lesson plans, the pack will hopefully allow recycling to be included as part of the curriculum.’
Laura Moffatt, regional sales manager at ReFood Doncaster
Providing food waste recycling services to schools and businesses across the county, ReFood turns food waste, such as peelings and leftovers, into renewable energy at its dedicated anaerobic digestion facility at Ings Road, Doncaster.
Capable of producing 5MWh of renewable energy every hour – enough to power more than 10,000 homes across the region – ReFood provides an environmentally friendly alternative to sending waste to landfill.
What’s more, the ReFood service is completely circular for the food chain, as the by-product is a nutrient-rich fertiliser used to grow new crops by farmers in the South Yorkshire area.