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UK councils lobbied to turn food waste into fuel

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Food waste recycler Warrens Group is lobbying local authorities in the North East of England to turn food into fuel.

The Environmental Bill is set to mandate household food recycling by 2023. Warrens is working to ensure North East councils are at the forefront of implementing the service and making strides towards the UK’s 2050 net-zero goal.

By starting conversations with the environment directors of all 12 councils in the region, Warrens is now advising on how the service can be established to ensure the North East is prepared when the changes come into force.

Warrens currently provides food waste collection services for businesses and fuels across the region. The company is transitioning towards biomethane fuelling and hopes to have its entire fleet converted by 2023, when all transport formats have been launched and available in the HGV fleet transport market.

Kevin Quigley, Warrens’ commercial director, has written to councils asking them to prepare. The move to make household food waste recycling is one that will come with no financial or logistical support from the UK Government, said the company. For councils, thorough planning is needed to avoid unnecessary delays when the date arrives.

Currently, the UK household food waste is responsible for 14 million tonnes of CO2 alone – as much greenhouse gas produced as flying from London to Perth more than 4.5 million times.

“I am in full support of the Environmental Bill,” said Quigley. “Once all households are recycling their food, they’ll see how much their spending can be reduced, having a huge impact on their finances and carbon footprint.”