Environment in association with the Mirror

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000


Over TWO MILLION KILOGRAMS of food waste are produced by food outlets in our city each year. The majority concentrated in the city centre.
A vote for Pedal Bins will cut this waste in half, produce renewable energy and make Plymouth City centre a far more pleasant place to live, work, visit and shop.
PedalBins, an innovative collaborative venture combining the resources of a campaigning community group, a successful community interest company and an ethical commercial organisation, will transform the way food waste is collected, transported and processed in Plymouth.
PedalBins is confident it can divert ONE MILLION KILOGRAMS a year of food waste from unproductive, expensive disposal to low impact, renewable use, by using a local, closed loop anaerobic digester plant, creating renewable energy from organic waste. Further environmental benefits will be realised by making the collection using low impact cargo bicycles, with no requirement for large, polluting vehicles to operate in hard to access, congested city streets.
Our goal is to provide regular food waste collection that makes commercial sense for businesses, improves the street scene experience by eliminating odours, contamination, pests and vermin infestation and large refuse vehicles from narrow streets and having a significant environmental benefit by recycling the food waste into energy and other useful by-products. It will deliver a tremendous boost to important retail areas and high profile tourist locations, greatly enhancing the local environment.
Food waste will be regularly collected from the kitchen door, eliminating the odour of rotting food or contaminating the environment. Pests, such as rodents, seagulls and flies will have no opportunity to cause a nuisance.
Reusable food caddies will be exchanged using low impact, high capacity electric assist cargo bikes and transferred by a refuse vehicle for the short four mile journey to the waste-to-energy plant.
Food waste is part of the general waste stream. There is no requirement or incentive for businesses or households to separate food waste. Removing the dense, heavy food waste from the general business waste will mean reduced costs. They can remove overload penalties from their waste contractor. This will result in a cost effective, sustainable, low impact food waste solution, delivered by a community focused partnership for the benefit of local people and the local economy.
Plymouth’s waste is currently incinerated. Wet food waste reduces the efficiency of the plant, resulting in hard to manage toxic gases and toxic ash. Reducing the food waste will tackle this problem and reduce the quantity of ash that needs to be transported a long way by road for disposal.
The project will draw of the talents of established organisations, each contributing their passion and expertise:
Bikespace CIC is a not-for-profit social enterprise, providing a range of education, environment and business services for the community. It has experience in operating a commercial cargo bike service and in working with other large organisations such as the National Trust and Plymouth City Council to explore effective, sustainable solutions to urban transport.
Plymouth Food Waste Partnership is a growing force for change in attitudes to both food waste and food poverty. Working across the city, and with community, commercial and academic specialists, the Partnership actively promotes the challenge of food waste and the options available for its disposal.
With twenty years in the waste & recycling industry, Devon Contract Waste has established itself as a market leader in the southwest providing an ethical, reliable and effective approach to waste management. DCW are dedicated to providing the best sustainable solution for commercial waste producers.
We believe we have a great solution to a serious problem. We have a great team and passionate people. We need your support to make a cleaner, greener Plymouth a reality.

Bikespace CIC

We have to change the way we think about waste; we have to reduce, re-use and recycle and just consuming less in the first place. The people involved in this innovative project are dedicated to helping others live a low impact life, so we can all share a healthy, sustainable and happy future.

Location: Plymouth