Food for thought

Philip Simpson, commercial director at UK food waste AD firm, ReFood, delves deeper into recent figures on food waste recycling rates

ReFood operates three anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities in the UK, in London, Doncaster and Widnes. The company works with multiple sectors including hospitality, local authorities, manufacturers, retailers and education to collect their food waste and in turn, improve companies’ green credentials. UK charity, the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) released a report1 showing that the UK has seen a 7% reduction in food waste (480,000 tonnes) and a 7% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. However, Philip Simpson, commercial director at ReFood, believes there is more to be done.

“According to the report, food waste rates across the UK dropped by 480,000 tonnes between 2015 and 2018. This equates to around 7% per person. This is, of course, very welcome news indeed and confirms that the efforts being made across the supply chain in cutting unnecessary waste — and protecting the environment — are starting to bear fruit.

The decline can be attributed to several...

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