Innovation

A food waste disposer under a kitchen sink

A food waste disposer under a kitchen sink

Low and Behold worked with the Local Government Association to develop a programme that investigates innovation in waste services productivity. Waste is currently the fourth largest area of spend for local authorities, and productivity has been falling in local authority waste services.  This programme is investigating ways to improve this and save local authorities money.

Low and Behold, as part of this workstream, project managed a pilot of food waste disposers in domestic households during 2012-14.  This is the first pilot in the UK to monitor the impact of food waste disposers (FWD) and one of the largest field trials in the world.  The project is building the evidence base about the impact of disposers on residual waste streams, householder behaviour and the sewer network.  We currently have 3 pilot sites in England and are always interested in hearing from local authorities who may be interested in finding out more.

The first stage of the project resulted in a report written by Low and Behold for the LGA, bringing together all the research on FWD from around the world since the Second World War.  If you would like a copy of this report, please contact home@lowandbehold.co.uk