Renewable Energy Association (REA), released a report (The Real Economic Benefit of Separate Biowaste Collections), earlier this month outlining food waste collected separately can reduce costs for businesses and LA’s. The report shows that in most scenarios, separate food and other biowaste collections can save local authorities and businesses money, and also states, improved management of food wastes can reduce GHG emissions from landfill, support the growing green gas industry, and help the UK hit its 2020 recycling target.
(REA) highlighted the background situation in which the UK has a legally binding recycling target of 50% by 2020, but is currently reaching less than 45% and falling. (REA) added that there is no clear plan from the government to improve this performance.
Dr. Nina Skorupska CBE, Chief Executive of the REA said
“Separate food waste collections is a cost-effective policy that can help us hit our recycling target, reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, and improve our energy security in one fell swoop.
Many regions, including Scotland, Wales, and many regions in Europe, have realised the benefits of not letting food waste go to waste. There’s a range of companies now in the UK that are producing their own renewable heat and power from it, or even fuelling vehicles with it.
With our 2020 recycling target fast approaching, now is the time for England to step forwards, where few businesses and only about half of local authorities are enjoying the benefits from collecting biowaste separately.”
– Source REA –