FOOD AND FUEL: THE PECKHAM FURNACE
by Edmund Alcock
INPUTS: Material waste from local restaurants (coffee grounds, clothing, cork, glass)
PROCESSES: Drying coffee grounds and compacting into fuel; processing fabric and cork into tiles and building materials
PLACES: recycling; energy hub (furnace); industrial workshop; café (and sauna)
OUTPUTS: sustainably sourced energy and building materials
DESCRIPTION: With the aim of reducing and reusing the waste from Peckham's vibrant and colourful restaurant and café culture, this project explored the multiple ways of recycling various forms of waste into a variety of products to benefit Peckham's community and its restaurants and cafés - in the process working towards circularity. The building acts as a machine: taking in products such as coffee grounds, clothing and cork; turning them into coffee logs for burning for energy and colourful tiles made from clothing and glass; acting also as a community hub for Peckham and its food and coffee culture.