University recycling food waste since 2012
Henley Business School, part of Reading University have been recycling food waste on-site with a Ridan composting system since 2012. Comprising two Large Ridan composters Henley have capacity to recycle nearly 21 tonnes of food waste per year should they need to. Food waste recycling duties are performed by the kitchen staff, whilst the resultant compost is quickly used up in raised beds and the kitchen garden to grow herbs and produce which goes straight back into the kitchen! Five years down the line and food waste composting in Ridan system continues as ever, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year…
Facilities on site include the Greenlands restaurant which serves about 84000 meals a year to staff and students during the week as well as wedding and events guests at weekends. Henley Business School is set in it’s own 30 acres of parkland alongside the River Thames in rural Oxfordshire.
Since achieving BS ISO 14001 for Environmental Management back in 2010, Greenlands has continued to improve their sustainability credentials. They have been awarded the Gold Award for a Green Tourism Business Scheme and are one of the few UK businesses to achieve the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) Platinum Level Green Star Accreditation.