Grundon Waste Management has been shortlisted in the prestigious National Recycling Awards 2016, thanks to a highly-successful partnership with Oxford Food Bank which helped create awareness of food waste and raise funds for the charity.
The team entered the Food Waste Initiative category, which rewards organisations that have shown innovation and creativity in tackling food waste, through prevention, reduction, reuse and/or recycling.
Anthony Foxlee-Brown, Grundon’s marketing and communications manager, said: “We were absolutely thrilled to hear we had been shortlisted for this award.
“Our original Festive Food Share campaign with Oxford Food Bank was launched in December and raised over £3,000 towards the charity’s running costs, as well as encouraging many more businesses to sign up for our dedicated food waste collection service.
“The campaign was so successful that we felt the charity deserved our ongoing support and we are now continuing with our food waste initiative and hope to raise plenty more money for them throughout 2016.
“It was also a great opportunity for our staff to become involved with the food bank and many of them volunteered to join a shift, including our managing director Clayton Sullivan-Webb.”
During the campaign, Oxfordshire businesses were encouraged to change the way they dispose of unwanted food by adopting the 3Ds approach – discount, distribute and leave disposal as the last resort.
In the first month, for every new customer signed up to Grundon’s dedicated food waste collection service, the company donated £25 to the food bank and a further 25p was donated for every food waste bin it emptied from existing customers.
This year, the company hopes to raise a further £6,000 by donating five pence for every food waste bin collected across its operating area, and it has also extended its volunteer programme so many more employees have the chance to get involved.
Grundon’s dedicated food waste collection service ensures food waste is diverted away to landfill and sent instead to anaerobic digestion facilities, generating either renewable electricity or bio-gas and bio-fertiliser.
For every £1 donated, the Oxford Food Bank can provide around £20 worth of fruit, vegetables, bread and dairy products – currently around £1 million worth of food a year – delivered to some 60 charities in and around Oxford.Back to news