How School Dinners can become the School Run

Tue, 25-06-2013
Pupils and staff from Warminster School paid a visit to Bore Hill Farm Biodigester in Warminster, to see how their own food waste is diverted from landfill and converted into heat and renewable electricity.
 
Warminster School are members of the "Direct to AD" scheme in Wiltshire, under which food waste is collected from the school kitchen and canteens in sealed, hygienic buckets, and taken to the local anaerobic digestion facility at Bore Hill Farm. 
 
Ordinarily pupils at Warminster School scrape their leftovers into the buckets and not give the waste another thought. However on this occasion some of the pupils followed their own leftovers to Bore Hill Farm and saw how beneficial their waste could be to the environment thanks to the biogas facility built by Malaby Biogas.
 
As Warminster School pupils were considering what goes into the Bore Hill Farm Biodigester, Wiltshire Council were considering potential uses for the renewable energy output and paid a visit with their fleet of electric cars.
 
Thomas Minter commented: "It was great to have two groups visiting Bore Hill Farm at the same time looking at it from different perspectives. While Warminster School pupils were considering where their food waste went and what it could be turned into, Wiltshire Council were considering the very real benefits of biogas produced renewable electricity within the county. 
 
Currently the electricity we generate goes into the national grid but we are also keen to explore more tangible, local and direct solutions. By taking a lead with Wiltshire Council and other organisations to join up the dots we aim to secure a bright green future for the energy generated here in Warminster. We are located on the main Southampton to Bristol road artery and the opportunity to provide renewable electricity to the growing national network of Electric Vehicle charging points is an exciting vision for the future. It’s common sense as well!"