In The Netherlands we collect waste separately in a grey and green container. The green container is specifically meant for the biodegradable waste and the grey container for residual waste. Separately collecting and processing biodegradable waste is the most sustainable treatment method.
In practice, it turns out that the collection of biodegradable waste from high-rise buildings proceeds with difficulty. The residents of high-rise buildings appear to be less willing to separately collect biodegradable waste, let alone to bring this bin or bag down and empty it in the right container.
For this reason, many municipalities have decided to stop the separate collection of biodegradable waste (also called food waste) from high-rise buildings. As a result, food waste ends up in the residual waste and is eventually incinerated.
The municipality of Wageningen and the water board Vallei and Veluwe are interested to see if food waste disposers can be a suitable solution. Food waste disposers grind all biodegradable waste to very small pieces, making it possible to be disposed through the sewer. Together with waste water it will be discharged to the waste water treatment plant. At the waste water treatment plant we can generate renewable energy (biogas) from the food waste. The expected advantage for the residents is a higher level of comfort and an improved level of hygiene in the kitchen, as food waste can be disposed instantly.
To determine whether or not food waste disposers actually are a suitable alternative, research needs to be done. By setting up this pilot we like to gain practical experience in co-operation with you.
In the near future we will contact you to find out about your experiences with the food waste disposer. In case you already want to give a comment you can send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope for your co-operation and wish you a pleasant stay at your student residence.