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ReFood launches £5,000 food waste bursary competition for students

Food waste recycling company ReFood has launched a competition for students that could see them win a £5,000 bursary to progress their studies on creating sustainable food chains.

Billed as an ‘industry-first food waste scholarship’, the ‘Sustainable Visionaries’ bursary competition is open to students studying courses related to the food chain or food retail, including agriculture, logistics, manufacturing, retail and hospitality, at: Cranfield University; Sheffield Hallam University; Moulton College; the British Retail Consortium; and Leith’s School of Food & Wine.

Undergraduates from each partnering organisation have been asked to develop a 500-word entry, detailing why they believe reducing food waste can help the UK achieve 2020 waste targets.

After receiving these entries from the partner organisations, ReFood will choose a ‘sustainable champion’ from each partner organisation who demonstrates the ‘most passion for minimising food waste’.

Each champion will then be asked to visit ReFood’s anaerobic digestion facility in Doncaster and present their ideas to a panel of waste management experts. Whoever ‘shows the most innovation’ will be awarded the £5,000 bursary to help support their studies.

Entries must be received by 11:59pm on 10 December.

‘Eradicating food waste to landfill by 2020’

Philip Simpson, Commercial Director at ReFood, commented: “Although using food caddies and recycling plate scrapings is becoming routine for homeowners, binning food waste is still commonplace among businesses throughout the food chain.

“As well as making huge financial savings, recycling unwanted food offers businesses a great way to mitigate their waste management costs and make a real environmental difference. In fact, for those organisations keen to boost their sustainability or meet CSR [corporate social responsibility] targets, recycling food waste is the perfect solution.

“The decision to partner with organisations in each sector of the food chain and extend a scholarship programme to students across the country is part of our wider initiatives to inspire the food waste champions of tomorrow and eradicate food waste to landfill by 2020.”

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