Independent contract caterer Bartlett Mitchell has introduced wormeries to deal with more than 90% of the food waste from the kitchens and staff restaurants at two of its operations - green energy firm Johnson Matthey in Swindon and IT company Symantec in Reading.
The caterer first installed the large-scale recycling unit at Johnson Matthey a year ago - where, according to catering manager Dawn Hoskins, the wormery has been a success.
"We started by only putting food waste in but now it takes most of the paper and cardboard from the client's premises too," she said.
The other wormery, at IT company Symantec in Reading, was introduced more recently, with plans for it to ultimately handle over five tonnes of food and paper waste a year, thus creating waste collection cost savings.
Wendy Bartlett, managing director of Bartlett Mitchell, said: "Green initiatives are a priority for many of our clients and wormeries are an excellent pro-active solution for those clients that have the space and facilities to install one of these units.
"The idea has been well received and we're now in discussions with a number of other clients about installing wormeries at their sites, too."
By Janie Stamford
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