‘World First’ for IMC and Imperial College
IMC’s solution to the diversion of caterers’ food waste from landfill is founded on an extensive 3 year research programme that was concluded in 2006 by senior academics at London’s Imperial College. The solution enables waste producers to recycle their food waste into a high quality compost on site and has already been recognised by numerous awards from both the catering and waste management industries.
Imperial College is renowned globally for the quality of its teaching with over 13,000 full time and 1,000 part time students enrolled at any one time and over 6,000 staff including academic, research and support personnel. Maintaining the highest academic standards also puts pressure on every service and support facility to achieve the utmost level of professionalism and to deliver the very best available, whether it be catering, human resources, health & safety or facilities management.
In a climate of reducing funds, meeting this challenge is becoming increasingly difficult. Following an extensive review in 2007, as a result of which a new Waste and Recycling Strategy was developed, the newly restructured Soft Services team, part of Facilities Management, embarked on an ambitious 3 year recycling development plan to raise Imperial College’s approach to dealing with waste to a level that would represent the benchmark for the sector.