Caring for people and the planet

A state-of-the-art care home in York, UK, has taken a fresh approach to sustainable food waste management with ReFood.

The Oaks is a stateof- the-art care home in New Earswick, York, run by the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT). It is an integral part of the Hartrigg Oaks retirement village, a community of around 400 people, and now, working with ReFood, the care home also recycles its food waste into biogas.

Approximately 40 residents live in the care home and around 250 more live in the 152 bungalows that surround the Oaks Centre. The bungalows were specifically designed to enable their lessees to remain in them for as long as they wish, with up to 21 hours of support a week provided.

The Oaks Centre is, in normal times, the lively heart of the community. As well as the care home, it contains a large restaurant, a busy coffee shop and a large kitchen area. This serves not only the two eateries, but also the many care home residents who take their meals in the care home. Each day it also delivers meals to bungalow residents in their homes.

In addition, the Oaks Centre provides the base for...

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