22 November 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
The UK's trade body for anaerobic digestion (AD) has joined a coalition of more than 40 trade bodies, campaign groups, businesses, and local authorities calling on the government to "fast-track" the roll-out of separate food waste collections across England.
Members of the coalition have signed a joint statement that has been presented to the government demanding the move, which would allow inedible food waste to be separated from other waste streams and recycled through AD and composting into renewable energy and natural fertiliser.
The signatories hope that the policy of universal food waste collections will be included in the government's forthcoming Resources & Waste Strategy, which is due to be published by the end of the month.
Only around a third of households in England currently have food waste collections, whereas the devolved governments in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland have all made separate collections mandatory.
Environment secretary Michael Gove said in October that he would "like to see" a national separate food waste collection scheme.
Charlotte Morton, chief executive of the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA), who wrote to Gove this week to express ADBA's commitment to the statement, said: "Separate food waste collections are vital in helping to make people more aware of how much edible food they are wasting and in ensuring that any inedible food waste can be recycled through AD into renewable energy and natural fertiliser rather than being left to rot in landfill or wasted in incineration.
"Fully recycling food waste is vital to allowing the UK to meet its climate change commitments as well as restoring our soils, managing our wastes, and decarbonising our energy supply."