Recycling food in Kent video transcript

Video transcript for the food recycling in Kent video on how we recycle your waste page.

[Title card] Food recycling in Kent

A man is in his kitchen scraping some food from a chopping board into a food caddy bin.

Voice over: When you recycle food waste at home it becomes fertiliser for farms. And that happens…

The presenter is now wearing high-vis jacket, hard hat and walking towards the anaerobic digestion plant.

Presenter: …here. At an anaerobic digestion plant.

Presenter is walking round the outside of the plant. A large lorry drives up outside.

Presenter: This new food recycling plant has been built in a little used quarry in mid Kent. Where it turns hundreds of tonnes of food waste into liquid fertiliser.

Inside the plant machinery is moving the food waste around.

Voice over: The plant runs every day of the year. With lorries delivering food waste from every single part of Kent. First, it’s put into this machine, which chops up the food waste into really small pieces and pushes it along these pipes. It’s also where anything that’s not food waste but has been added to the food bins gets found and sorted from the rest. And it only takes 63 days to complete the whole process. Part of that process is to turn the solid food into a liquid.

Caption: Processing chambers

See the outside of 3 large chambers. Graphic shows the first one turning green, then the second, then the third, so all 3 are green. Then screen changes to a microscope image of microorganisms.

Caption: Microorganisms

Voice over: Clever microorganisms break down the food waste making a gas and the liquid fertiliser.

Caption: Gas & liquid fertiliser

Presenter is inside the plant with a worker.

Voice over: Next it is heated to 70 degrees for an hour to kill off any bad bacteria.

Caption: 70° for an hour to kill off any bad bacteria.

Presenter is in the doorway of the plant. Talking loudly over the noise of the plant working in the background.

Presenter: And what’s really clever is the gas that this process creates powers this whole plant too so it’s self sufficient and really good for the environment.

Inside the testing lab someone is using equipment to test samples.

Voice over: Before it can be used the fertiliser needs to be tested to make sure it has the right balance of nutrients. And that happens here, in the lab.

Inside the plant workers are connecting large pipes to a lorry.

Voice over: Once the liquid has the correct balance it’s ready to be transported…

There is a field of crops with someone walking though using a hose.

Voice over: …here. To farms like this one in Kent. And because the fertiliser is organic and replaces the artificial ones it’s better for the earth.

Rows of trees in an orchard.

Caption: Organic. Better for the earth.

Voice over: Better for growing more fruit and veg.

Caption: Fruit and veg

Apples growing in the tree.

Voice over: and better for us.

Presenter eats some fruit he’s picked from the tree.

Voice over: Visit for more information.

Title card: Keep Kent Clean. Kent Councils working together.