Hygienic Waste Co. is a start-up founded in 2021 to improve the adoption of food waste recycling and improve the everyday experience of those who do.
The company’s founder, Jeremy Hulse, a graduate of the RCA's Innovation Design Engineering MA programme began his research into food waste recycling during his Masters at the RCA. His research with local authorities and urban dwellers highlighted that dehydrating food waste would help limit microbial decay and prevent the accumulation of ‘bin juice’, hence eliminating the yuck factor. Separating food waste from other waste and treating it at the point of collection, helps improve hygiene at home.
Jeremy developed a design to achieve food waste dehydration. His patent-pending solution has already received several awards, including the Helen Hamlyn Design Award 2021 for Social Impact. The device is primarily developed for people living in dense urban areas/ flatted households, who face logistical challenges with food waste disposal and are often denied these services by councils due to hygiene concerns. Hygienic Waste Co. therefore makes it possible for such households to participate in food waste recycling schemes.
Furthermore, it provides significant cost-saving potential to councils (lower gate fees, less frequent collections, reduced weight) and offers significant environmental benefits (reducing impacts of landfill/ incineration and creating a more circular food system).