Place: Wageningen

Dish: 32 student residences

Goal: Investigate technical and social user experiences with food waste disposers. The reason for this pilot is the difficult collection of GF waste (food waste) in high-rise buildings.

Research period: September 2016 – February 2018

Researched techniques:


The apartment block where the research was conducted consists of 64 apartments. Half of these are equipped with a food waste disposer.

Technical research: The wastewater from all 64 apartments - with and without food waste grinders - was measured. This shows that the load of organic matter in the wastewater from the 32 apartments with food waste grinder is higher, as expected. This indicates that the food waste disposer is actually being used. What is remarkable is the significantly higher water consumption in apartments with food waste disposers. This is probably also due to other factors. The study population and period are too limited to draw conclusions about this.

Social perception research: The survey conducted shows that the use of the food waste disposer among respondents is high. Residents are generally positive to very positive about the user-friendliness. The food waste disposer is experienced by the user as a much better alternative to the green waste container.


Food waste grinders are now used in several projects, including in Amsterdam, Nijkerk, Groningen and Kerkrade.

Participating parties:

  • Municipality of Wageningen
  • Vallei and Veluwe Water Board
  • DUWO (landlord)
  • Tauw
  • Ten Brinke Slot


Other comments:

For the purpose of communication with the students, an explanation of the background of the pilot was given during the key transfer and the use of the grinder was explained. A user manual has also been installed in each kitchen (see photo) and a website has been created where students can find more information.

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Photo: Student apartment kitchen with food waste disposer | Source: Paul Telkamp

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