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Recycling all food waste in Surrey could save councils £4m

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Councils in Surrey, UK could save around £4 million (€4.8 million) if all of the region’s food waste was recycled.

More than half of all food waste that could be recycled in Surrey, 50,594 tonnes, UK ends up in general waste every year.

New data by the Surrey Environment Partnership (SEP) shows that if the waste was recycled instead, an additional £4 million (€4.8 million) could be spent on essential services.

SEP’s latest campaign encourages residents to reduce and recycle their food waste to help the environment. Free weekly collections make it easy for residents in the county to reduce their food waste footprint.

“To save as much money as possible for essential services and to help protect the environment, we should be recycling as much food waste as we can,” said Councillor Neil Dallen, chairman of the SEP.

“I’d encourage anyone who doesn’t recycle food waste to start now and for those who do, make sure you’re putting as much as you can in your caddy.”

Food waste collected by local crews is taken to an anaerobic digestion facility where it is broken down to produce biogas, which is used to generate electricity.