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More Household Food Waste Should Go To AD

There is an opportunity to increase the amount of household food waste that is sent to anaerobic digestion (AD) plants in the UK.


This is according to the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA), which stated that more needs to be done to encourage households to correctly dispose of their food waste, and for local authorities to send the food waste they collect for AD.


Citing figures from WRAP, the organisation noted that 314,516 tonnes of food waste was sent to Great Britain’s AD facilities in 2015. However, WRAP’s data shows that an estimated 10 million tonnes of food waste is thrown out around the country each year.


The ADBA is now working with WRAP and AD operators to boost the amount of waste that is sent to plants, rather than landfill or food waste combustion.


It points out that AD is able to extract 60 per cent more energy than food waste combustion, which is one of the reasons why the industry is keen to find ways of sending more food waste to these kinds of plants.


Last July, WRAP published its Food Waste Recycling Action Plan, which set out a number of measures to improve food waste collection in the UK, and to ensure more of it goes to AD and In Vessel Composting (IVC).


Among the objectives are to foster better collaboration between local authorities, waste management companies and operators, as well as to remove barriers to food waste recycling for businesses and households.


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