Food waste collections take off at Edinburgh Airport

We are thrilled to announce that SWR, RUR3’s partner organisation, and Edinburgh Airport are winners of the ‘Best Food Waste Collection System’ award at the ADBA Industry Awards 2016.

Now in their fifth year the AD & Biogas Industry Awards 2016 recognise innovation and achievement across all sectors of the anaerobic digestion (AD) and biogas industry in the UK and internationally. The Judge’s commented “[The project] demonstrated the key traits that innovative food waste collection systems will need to develop in order to advance the UKs national agenda.”


Entry Synopsis

Edinburgh Airport Ltd directly employs over 600 people and with their partner businesses operating on campus bringing the total number of employees to 7,000. These operations generate circa 2000 tonnes of waste annually from aircraft, maintenance, construction, retail and catering. With a significant number of catering and food retail businesses in the passenger terminal food waste accounts for 15% of all waste produced on site. SWR introduced food waste collections and Recycling Officers who take responsibility for managing and processing all waste across the estate, including food waste containers. In 2015 295 tonnes of food waste was collected and taken to AD plants, equivalent to 4 full Airbus A320s in weight.

Edinburgh Airport’s Chief Executive Gordon Dewar said:

“We are absolutely committed to leading the way when it comes to waste management – and this award is a great reflection of the whole team’s commitment to delivering on and exceeding in our environmental responsibilities.”


SWR began working with Edinburgh Airport in 2011. The partnership achieved compliance of the new ‘Zero Waste Scotland’ legislation well ahead of the deadline, reaching 100% diversion from landfill in 2015. The Airport recently extended their contract with SWR.

David Coaton, Head of Account Management, SWR has worked closely with the airport for the past 5 years and collected the award. David commented “We’re delighted to have SWR’s work with Edinburgh Airport recognised, especially as the awards highlight innovation and achievement right across the industry”.

The full list of Award Winners is available here: