New data has shown that food and restaurant businesses across the North East are recycling more food waste.
According to Biffa, firms in the region recycled 10% more food waste in 2016 than in the same period in 2015.
It predicted these figures will continue to rise as more businesses wise up to the benefit of segregating and recycling their food waste.
With nearly 7.3 million tonnes of food waste produced every year in the UK, food waste recycling is an ideal way for local businesses to boost their sustainability credentials and appeal to consumers.
Last year, Biffa’s Food Waste Collection service collected over 5,000 tonnes of food waste from businesses in the North East. It was then diverted from landfill and sent to anaerobic digestion plants.
On a national level, Biffa saw a 27% increase in the amount of food waste it recycles as disposing of food waste responsibly and landfill diversion becomes the focus of waste management policy.
A typical AD plant can generate up to 1,800 cubic meters of biogas from two tonnes of food waste – enough to produce 1,800 kWh of renewable electricity.
Recycling food waste will help business prepare for anticipated new food waste regulations in the UK, likely to be introduced in the coming years.
According to research by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), the UK could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 27 million tonnes and businesses could save £2 billion, if we achieve zero food waste to landfill by 2020.