The student group, Southampton Hub, launches Bio-Cycle, Southampton’s first ever student-led food waste recycling scheme in a bid to benefit the local community by recycling and repurposing otherwise wasted food.

The scheme works by providing you with a five litre food waste caddy, filters and a roll of compostable bin liners at the cost of £10, which includes automatic registration for the regular weekly food waste pickup service.

Up to 160 students are already benefitting from the project, with waste collections organised at 33 households across Southampton, equating to approximately 200kg of recycled food waste every month.

All collected food waste is then delivered to Aldermoor Community Farm by bike, where it is used by local farmers as compost.

The food waste is used to create compost on a local farm.

Southampton Hub’s  Environment and Sustainability Coordinator, Artur Fernandes, says, “In preventing unnecessary food waste from going to landfill and reusing it locally, Southampton Hub and Bio-Cycle hope to change the way people view recycling and to encourage sustainability within Southampton and the strong student community”.

The project, funded by the Union and O2 Think Big, is currently run by eight student volunteers and two committee members. If you’re interested in getting involved, the charity society are looking to recruit more sub-committee members at the Hub Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 15 March or students can complete an online registration form here or students can contribute as cyclists, working to collect food waste by bike by signing on the form here.

The team ready to get on their bikes to collect student food waste.