Waste minimisation: home digestion trials of biodegradable waste

Bench, Matthew L., Woodard, R., Harder, Marie K. and Stantzos, Nikolaos (2005) Waste minimisation: home digestion trials of biodegradable waste Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 45 (1). pp. 84-94. ISSN 0921-3449

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Abstract

Minimisation of municipal solid waste and diversion from landfill are necessary for the UK to manage waste sustainably and achieve legislative compliance. A survey of householder attitudes and experiences of a trial for minimising household food waste from waste collection in the county of West Sussex, UK is described. The minimisation method used the Green Cone food digester, designed for garden installation. A postal questionnaire was distributed to 1000 householders who had bought a cone during the trial and a total of 433 responses were received. The main reason for people buying the Green Cone had been concerns about waste (88%), with 78% and 67% of respondents, respectively, claiming to have participated in recycling and home composting in the last 30 days. The waste material most frequently put in the digester was cooked food (91%), followed by fruit waste, vegetable matter and bones/meat. Some respondents were using it for garden and animal waste from pets. Most users found the Green Cone performed satisfactorily. Approximately, 60% of respondents had seen a reduction of 25–50% in the amount of waste they normally put out for collection, with analysis showing reported levels of reduction to be significant (p < 0.05). Additional weight surveys by householders recorded an average of 2.7 kg/(h week) diverted to the food digester.

Item Type:Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Waste minimisation; Household waste; Biodegradable; Kitchen waste; Attitudes; Performance; Composition
Subjects:F000 Physical Sciences > F800 Physical Geography and Environmental Sciences > F850 Environmental Sciences
DOI (a stable link to the resource):10.1016/j.resconrec.2005.02.003
Faculties:Faculty of Science and Engineering > Waste and Energy Research Group
Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Environment and Technology > Applied Geosciences
ID Code:1242
Deposited By:editor environment
Deposited On:23 Nov 2006
Last Modified:02 May 2012 09:15

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