Upcoming waste strategy will 'require' separate food waste collections, says minister

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Investment minister Graham Stuart

The upcoming Resources and Waste Strategy will ‘require’ separate food waste collections, says investment minister Graham Stuart.

Speaking at the ADBA National Conference, Stuart said the collections will reduce emissions from landfill and produce renewables energy and natural fertiliser through anaerobic digestion (AD).

A third of English households currently have their food waste collected separately, yet collections in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are universal.

Environment secretary Michael Gove said in October he would 'like to see' a national separate food waste collection scheme.

This was echoed by over 40 trade bodies, campaign groups, businesses and local authorities which called on government to ‘fast-track’ the rollout of separate collections.

Stuart said: “AD plants will make the green biogas that can fertiliser our crops and heat our homes. It is an environmentally sustainable option for waste management that cuts down on landfill.”

He also spoke of the potential for the UK AD industry to export waste management services and technologies worldwide and highlighted the role of AD in decarbonising the UK’s heat system and heavy transport, in restoring soils and reducing methane emissions.

Charlotte Morton, chief executive of ADBA, said: “This is the strongest suggestion yet that the government’s long-awaited Resources and Waste Strategy will include a commitment to universal food waste collections in England.

“It is of the utmost importance, however, that this policy commitment is backed up by meaningful funding to support local authorities that haven’t already done so to introduce separate collections, and that there are measures to support local authorities in achieving sufficiently high capture rates.”

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