Abingdon School selects Tumblebug’s Ecobot to manage food waste

Abingdon School, a leading independent day and boarding school for boys, has chosen an Ecobot food waste dryer to manage food waste on-site rather than paying for it to be sent to landfill or incineration. 


Founded over 750 years ago, the school is situated in 35 acres of beautiful grounds in the centre of Abingdon, just south of Oxford, and teaches around 1,250 students in total. Abingdon School enjoys the very best in academic standards, music, sport and the arts in a caring and supportive environment where students are motivated to succeed.


“Sustainability is central to so much of what we do at Abingdon,” comments Head of School, Michael Windsor. “We know that we have a responsibility to educate our young people and to lead by example. Much of our focus in recent times has been to reduce the amount of food waste we produce and, whilst we will continue to concentrate on this, being able to put the waste produced to good, practical use is not only of benefit to our school from a management perspective but also from an environmental perspective too.”


The school’s Environmental Committee is a cross-section of support and academic staff from different departments including estates, grounds, transport, catering and teaching staff. The Student Eco Committee feeds ideas into the Environmental Committee, which means students are very much involved in the schools’ sustainability planning.

The school’s catering team prepares nearly 1,500 meals every day during the week and generates nearly 100Kg of food waste every day. The conventional approach to disposing of food waste is for the catering staff to deposit waste in 20 wheelie bins near the kitchens, which are then collected twice a week by a waste management company.

Following a site visit and an assessment of food waste processes, the solution proposed by Tumblebug was to shred and dry food waste on-site, reducing 100Kg of messy food waste to around 15Kg of sanitised soil conditioner that can be used on the grounds.


The Ecobot EB100 processes up to 100Kg of food waste every day, and will help Abingdon School to:

  • Reduce the environmental impact of food waste collection and treatment.
  • Reduce the odours, pathogens, pests and handling inconveniences of food waste.
  • Reduce the cost of food waste collection.

Preparing for the forthcoming 2021 Environment Act was also a key factor in the school’s decision. To comply with the Act and avoid penalties, organisations generating more than 5Kg of food waste a week will soon have to segregate food waste and dispose of it separately.


“We were impressed by Tumblebug’s knowledge and their strategy where food waste processing is the first step to a truly circular economy,” said Abingdon’s Financial Controller, Clare Butcher. “And in addition to the obvious environmental benefits, we had to make sure the Ecobot was a sound financial investment.”

“We are very proud to be selected by Abingdon School because the school is so committed to becoming more sustainable and is willing to innovate and lead by example,” said Sylvie Verinder, CEO at Tumblebug. “In addition to training the catering team and helping the school demonstrate compliance with new legislation, we’re also very keen to work with the academic staff to explore how this innovative solution can be included in the teaching curriculum in a variety of subject areas.”

About Abingdon School

Abingdon is a leading independent day and boarding school for boys aged 11-18. Full and weekly boarding is available from age 13. Abingdon Prep School is a day school for boys aged 4 to 13. The two schools together make up the Abingdon Foundation.

For more information please visit - www.abingdon.org.uk.

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