Tackle food waste in the local community by collecting it for recycling from student households.
Local student houses around the university
What is BioCycle?
BioCycle is an original project set up by Southampton Hub to combat food waste in Southampton by using students to collect waste from student households and recycle it locally. All food waste collected goes to Aldermoor Community Farm, who uses the waste for composting and to support their local business.
All you need to do to support is to sign up to do cycling routes, sign up to have your waste collected or become part of our student committee!
Our BioCycle committee will collate all the households who are contributing to BioCycle and draw up a cycling route for volunteers to go and collect food waste. The cycling routes will be allocated to volunteers based on availability and volunteer uptake.
The cycling routes will be allocated to volunteers based on availability and volunteer uptake. Once the waste is collected, it will be given to one of our committee members, who will be able to transport it to Aldermoor Community Farm where it will be recycled.
All volunteers will need to provide their own bicycle, but BioCycle will be able to provide the equipment including the trailer, food waste bags, gloves and other necessary equipment.
We expect at least 4 cycling routes to be completed by volunteers during one term of volunteering, which typically involves 1 hour a week. Volunteers will also be expected to pay a £10 deposit for equipment, which will be refunded on completion of 4 cycling routes.
Skills and employability
Teamwork outside of university setting, food handling training, bicycle maintenance, customer services, time management, organisation and target setting are all skills you will gain by taking part in BioCycle. This volunteering opportunity is excellent for anyone who wants experience working to combat local issues and in environmentally-friendly work.
Training and support
All of our programmes are supported by students and staff. As part of BioCycle, you will have the BioCycle Coordinator (Corin Holloway) and the staff team (Southampton Hub Manager and the Youth Projects Officer) to speak to.
The Coordinator and staff team will be leading on your selection workshop, initial training and additional training provision (tackling plastic waste, living more sustainably etc) throughout your volunteering, as well as any issues with your volunteering. The staff team will be in touch with you during your placement to get mid-year and end of year feedback, which is required from all volunteers.
BioCycle is committed to being an inclusive programme, and encourages all students to get involved. We can make reasonable adjustments to application processes, selection workshops, training sessions, your volunteering placement, and other activities on a case-by-case basis. We also provide ongoing support for the students we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, including if you want to disclose a disability or special educational needs, please do get in touch with Fiona at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how we can make the activity more accessible.
Volunteering with BioCycle won't cost you
We ask all volunteers to pay a £10 deposit which is returned upon completion of 4 cycling routes, however if you are worried about paying this money, please get in touch with Fiona at email@example.com.
Why not volunteer with a friend?
Volunteering for Southampton Hub is social and you'll have the chance to meet many like-minded people, but why not ask a friend to sign up with you too?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org who will be able to answer any questions and direct you to the BioCycle committee for any further help and support.
You can also check out other various projects over on our What's On page.