Parliamentary AD use up along with food waste

A report from the Press Association shows that the amount of waste food Parliament has sent to anaerobic digestion facilities has more than doubled over the last three years. Disposed wasted food reached 130 tonnes in 2016, rising to 282 in the last year.

Charlotte Morton, chief executive of the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association, says she agrees that the food waste hierarchy should be followed as much as possible, preventing food waste first and sending it to Ad facilities second.  “Inedible food waste should be sent to anaerobic digestion to allow it to be recycled into renewable heat and power, clean transport fuel, and nutrient-rich biofertiliser, which are vital to helping the UK reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, and restore our degraded soils.”

She adds that the most effective way to boost food waste recycling is to introduce separate food waste collection.

“As well as providing a way for households and businesses to recycle their inedible food waste into valuable resources, separate collections would also help to reduce food waste levels through making householders and businesses more aware of how much food they are wasting. Separate food waste collections are also critical to the government achieving its own target of diverting all food waste from landfill by 2030.”

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