Urbaser to collect food waste for renewable energy generation in Hertfordshire, UK

Integrated waste and resource management firm Urbaser has started wood waste collections from households across Welwyn Hatfield in Hertfordshire, UK.

The food waste collected will be recycled and used to generate power and create fertiliser for local farmland.

Over the last few months, more than 40,000 green caddies have been delivered to homes across the borough and Urbaser has invested in four specialist food waste vehicles to carry out the collections. The compact vehicles are Iveco 7.5t Euro 6 to meet the latest emission standards and fitted with Farid Micro Food bodies.

“We are delighted to be working with Welwyn Hatfield Council to be able to introduce food waste collections across the borough,” said Javier Peiro, managing director at Urbaser.

“Food waste produces greenhouse gases, which when left unharnessed are damaging to the environment. The food waste will be collected in specially adapted vehicles and once it is recycled, the gases will be used to generate renewable energy.

“We encourage residents to utilise the new service by using the green caddies for all their food waste.”

Leader of Welwyn Hatfield Council, Councillor Tony Kingsbury, said: “We continue to look at ways we can improve our recycling rate and reduce waste in Welwyn Hatfield.

“Separating our food waste means that gases can be captured in the recycling process and converted into both green energy and natural fertilisers that can be used for farming. The contents of everyone’s caddy will be recycled locally, so this is good news for both the environment and our local communities.”

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