Our Services

At WasteValor we aim to create value from food waste by identifying opportunities to extract useful chemicals for alternative uses. For example, natural oils obtained from food waste can be used to replace chemicals extracted from crude oil in the manufacture of products such as soap and cosmetics.

We work with companies across the entire food supply chain, from food processing companies to food waste processors, and with businesses who could use the natural materials extracted from the waste.

We take a highly professional approach to all our projects, whether short or longer term. Using our combination of scientific and business expertise, we look at both the technical and commercial aspects of obtaining value from food waste and provide clients with a report at the end of each project which can be understood by experts and non-experts alike.

Examples of the types of service we offer are outlined below. This includes discrete projects for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Yorkshire and the Humber region, which we can deliver at no cash cost to them through our European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funding. These typically comprise food waste auditing and recovery, using extracted chemicals and partnerships.

If you have specific questions, whether scientific or commercial, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team of WasteValor staff.

Food waste auditing and recovery

To assess the potential to generate value from your food waste, we carry out an audit of the nature and volumes of your waste. Whether you potentially have a high volume of relatively low value components or low volumes of high value components, it may be worth recovering these chemicals. The potential benefits to your business include:

The audit process will include one or more of the following:

If you are in the initial stages of exploring opportunities for your food wastes we suggest starting with desk-based research to find out what is already documented about your type of waste. Our expertise in chemistry, biology and industrial processes together with access to leading international publications enable us to advise you on the options available by matching current research knowledge and regulatory issues to your business needs.

Once areas of interest have been identified, we can move onto lab work, such as physical characterisation and chemical analysis of your food waste samples using a variety of sensitive analytical techniques. We can then estimate the value of the constituent parts of your food waste and assess the feasibility of using any valuable components either in the waste as generated by your business or following the separation of these components from the waste.

The end result will be a report assessing the technical feasibility and potential financial benefits of extracting valuable components from your food waste.

Find out more about what this means in practice by reading our case study on working with Opposite Cafe on waste coffee grounds.

Using chemicals extracted from food waste

If your company uses natural ingredients in its products, we work with you to assess whether you could benefit from using materials extracted from food waste. The potential benefits to your business include:


We use a combination of desk-based and laboratory research to assess the potential to replace chemicals used in your current processes with those that can be extracted from food waste. These might include:


We also identify potential sources of these materials in the region and look for partnership opportunities (see below).

Forming partnerships and new supply chains

We can help to link food waste producers with potential partners who could be end users of by-products extracted from their food waste, or with other companies with a similar waste stream so that together they have enough volume to be commercially interesting to manufacturers. This is an essential part of the valorisation process which ultimately aims to form new green supply chains, reducing waste and making better use of natural resources.

Grant application support and further funding opportunities

If you would like to carry out further exploratory work or innovate some of your current processes, we can provide support and advice on the funding available to your business and, where applicable, on grant applications. We and our colleagues at the university have many years of experience in writing bids for funding and can help you through the entire process, which might also include building a consortium for a particular submission.

Workshops/Seminars

WasteValor organises a programme of tutorials, workshops and seminars of interest to visiting scientists, technologists and small businesses in conjunction with the regular programme of the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence. If there is a specific topic that interests you, please contact us to discuss the possibility of an event on this subject.

Strategic planning

In addition to the core services outlined above, we are able to offer access to Professor James Clark, Head of the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (GCCE), who is uniquely placed to advise businesses on the opportunities and threats presented by developments in the “green economy”. 

James is the Chair of the European COST Action network on food waste valorisation giving James and WasteValor access to expertise from across the EU. This allows him both to influence policy at an EU level and receive early insight into emerging trends.

Closer to home, James is also involved in BioVale – an innovation cluster in Yorkshire that will support development of the region’s bio-based economy.