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NEW COVENT GARDEN MARKET

tonnes of food not fit for human consumption collected
tonnes of food not fit for human consumption collected
tonnes of bio-fertiliser produced
tonnes of bio-fertiliser produced
homes powered
homes powered
homes heated per year
homes heated per year
acres fertilised from NCGM
acres fertilised from NCGM
litres of diesel saved
litres of diesel saved
New Covent Garden Logo

As Head of Responsible Business at Azzurri, I am incredibly proud of the strides we’ve made in reducing our waste, rethinking our operating model and the importance of the food we serve. Through our Recipe for A Better Future we have envisioned a future where our restaurants can continue to grow whilst doing better for our people and planet. We work very closely with our partners to achieve these goals, and our collaboration with Bio Collectors and ADM isn’t just a business partnership, it’s a testament to our Italian tradition of ‘non si butta via niente’ – nothing is thrown away.

With our partners, we have implemented an innovative closed-loop system, turning what was once our food waste into energy, contributing to powering up to 11,000 homes each year. And we did not stop at that. We found a use for the digestate, or simply what’s left after the anaerobic digestion process, using this leftover as natural fertiliser for the fields that grow our wheat. We are passionate about our food; we appreciate how many resources go into making the ingredients we serve, and now we can proudly say that what was once food waste, is now a fundamental part of our sourcing process.

This project exemplifies Azzurri’s commitment to responsible and sustainable business practices. We are thrilled to work alongside our partners in paving the way towards a more sustainable future.

Claudia Candiotto, Head of Responsible Business, Azzurri

Food waste case study

Overview

New Covent Garden Market in Nine Elms, London, is the largest fruit, vegetable and flower market in the United Kingdom. It covers a site of 35 acres and is home to 152 fruit, vegetable and flower wholesalers. The market provides ingredients to many of London’s restaurants, hotels, schools, prisons, hospitals and catering businesses.

Background

In January 2021, Bio Collectors were contracted to manage food waste collections from the New Covent Garden Market with the goal to provide a more sustainable solution for the process of transportation and recycling of the food waste.

Solution

We implemented daily collections of a bulk trailer, which is transported on specialist CNG trucks powered by the food waste collected from our customers, including NCGM.

The use of CNG vehicles powered by bio-gas has helped to significantly reduce the carbon footprint and the reliance on fossil fuels, making our collections one of the most sustainable and unique in the market.

The food waste is processed at our Anaerobic Digestion facility in Mitcham which is strategically located within 8 miles of the market, reducing congestion and pollution in central London by limiting the distance the waste has to travel.

The bio-gas produced from recycling the food waste is fed directly to the National Grid and used by local homes and businesses as well as powering our CNG vehicles, helping to reduce the U.K’s reliance on less sustainable sources. We also create electricity which is used to power the plant and AD process making for a perfect example of circular economy.

The process also produces a nutrient-rich fertiliser, called Digestate, which is spread on local farms in Surrey. By providing this to farmers, we are helping to rejuvenate the soil and improve the quality of their crops without the need for damaging and environmentally unfriendly chemical alternatives.

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