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We ran the world's largest field trials looking at the impact of food waste disposers (FWDs or macerators) in domestic homes.  FWD were fitted in 350 homes across three pilot sites in England.  These sites were monitored for up to 30 months, looking at the impact on residual waste, the sewer network and householder attitudes.

There are three documents currently available linked to these field trials. The first is a literature review looking at all research from around the world since the 1940s. The second covers the first twelve months monitoring at the 2 Shropshire sites. The third is a short guidance document for local authorities highlighting the five key issues that must be investigated before the promotion of FWDs is considered. A fourth document, summarising the results of the second year at the Shropshire sites and the first twelve months of the Cotswolds site will be available shortly.

The potential of food waste disposal units to reduce costs: a literature review (PDF)

The impact of household food waste disposers Results of the field trials in Shropshire (PDF)

Guidance for introducing food waste disposers to domestic households (PDF)


Councils have long been at the forefront of the move to a low carbon economy by adopting energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. This has already led to impressive cost savings and a wide range of additional benefits. As local government continues to suffer cuts to its budgets there is an even stronger incentive for councils to maximise the potential for energy-related income and savings. This report sets out the scale of the financial opportunities available to councils from energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.

Download: The potential for energy efficiency and renewable energy (PDF)

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8 February 2017

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