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Case study: Food recycling at Y&R London

Y&R has taken its recycling to the next level. Rather than sending its food waste to landfill sites (where it rots and emits methane, a greenhouse gas), it is collected and turned into compost.

The company now recycles food from its restaurant as well as its eight kitchenettes. Employees are encouraged to put all cooked foods as well as tea bags, bread, fruit and other organic waste into special recycling bins. The waste is then collected by a contractor and subjected to a 14-day natural process to turn it into garden compost.

In the first 10 months Y&R recycled over 9.25 tonnes of food waste. Y&R employees can collect the compost to use on their gardens and the remainder is given to charities, parks and local housing associations.