Oxford University trial to reduce its food waste and carbon footprint


An Oxford college has chosen PKL’s Garbage Guzzler to reduce its food waste and carbon footprint.

Mansfield College produces more than 500 meals a day for its staff, students and visitors. Its kitchen produces food for breakfasts, lunches and dinners in its main hall and for other more intimate dining areas, including a new cafe.

In early 2017, the College took a Garbage Guzzler on trial, to see if it could help reduce the amount of avoidable food waste that was currently being removed from site.

The Garbage Guzzler is an onsite aerobic food waste digester, which is capable of reducing food waste by up to 90%.

Each week the College was producing two wheelie bins full of food waste and this was identified as an area that could be improved upon, under their green initiative.

For Lee Browning, kitchen manager at Mansfield College, the Garbage Guzzler seemed like a great opportunity to reduce the amount of food waste being collected from site.

Mansfield took delivery of a GG400 in April 2017 for a three month trial. The college cancelled its food waste collections and have been delighted by the way the guzzler has performed. Located in the bin store area, staff described the machine as ‘easy’ to use. The trial has been so successful the college has decided to install a Garbage Guzzler permanently on site.