The Food for Fuel Project Petition

The Food for Fuel Project Petition

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Food for Fuel Project started this petition to University of Plymouth students living in Halls of Residence

 The Food for Fuel Project is seeking student support for food waste collection in Plymouth University managed Halls of Residence. 
This petition is in response to the inappropriate disposal of food waste from student accommodation and the first step in establishing change in the disposal of food waste within the city of Plymouth. 
We live in a city known for its sustainability and we are proud of its green credentials. The global target for net zero carbon emissions (from direct sources) is by 2050. Plymouth City has a target of 2030, whereas Plymouth University is ambitiously reaching for zero emissions by 2025.  
Food waste in most of the UK is redirected from landfill sites to anaerobic digestor (AD) facilities. Here, it is broken down by microbial processes in the absence of oxygen to produce methane, a gas that is collected and burned to produce electrical energy. The residual liqueur can be used as a fertiliser, and the energy gained from the food waste is optimized. Mandatory food waste collection has been enshrined in the Environment Bill currently going through Parliament. When passed this will see weekly food waste collection compulsory from every household by 2023 – but why wait?   
Currently in Plymouth, food is not separated from non-biodegradable waste. All waste from the city, including the university managed Halls of Residence (HoR), is sent to MVV Environment Devonport Ltd to be incinerated. The waste is burned, generating steam, which is converted to electrical energy for the dockyard, with surplus sent to the national grid. Incineration of food waste requires more energy than is released from burning due to the high moisture content. It also has considerable environmental impacts, for example acidification and eutrophication from greenhouse gases which are emitted during incineration. Whereas anaerobic digestion optimises renewable electricity generation and has a significantly lower environmental impact. 
At present, the University directs food waste produced on campus to Langage Farm – the local anaerobic digestor, as well as that amazing ice cream place! But, what about the food waste sources from other university managed buildings, such as, HoR? The Food for Fuel Project is seeking to have a pioneering system in place which optimises energy gain from food waste, starting with the University managed HoR. Once proven successful, this can be rolled out into student accommodation throughout the city.  
If you would like to do your part in the fight for the sustainable management of food waste, sign the petition and join the movement! We are students, we are pioneers, we are stronger collectively, and it is our responsibility to be the change we want to see. 
Get in touch: 
If you have any questions, please contact the Food for Fuel Project team at or via the Instagram @food4fuelproject. 
If you currently, or previously lived Halls of Residence, please could you spare 10 minutes to compete the following questionnaire:


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