Using Shanghai’s high-rise residential compounds as 'living laboratories', Professor Harder has worked with local not-for-profits and neighbourhood organisations to systematically demonstrate and then scale up the most successful approaches for encouraging food waste recycling among the city’s residents. As a result, the city is now diverting almost 10,000 tonnes on average every day to be used mostly in the production of 'green energy' biogas.
Professor Marie Harder, Professor of Sustainable Waste Management in the University of Brighton's School of Architecture, Technology and Engineering, said: "For Shanghai, we found the weakest link was that residents didn't really think it was their job to sort the food waste. As soon as that need was made very clear to them, everything else ran smoothly. Today, no city in the world diverts more food waste away from landfill as Shanghai and I'm incredibly proud to have been recognised by the city for the part I've played in helping make that happen."