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Better Food Waste Collection In London ‘Would Be Beneficial’

Improving the coverage of food waste collections within London’s boroughs would help the city reduce the amount of waste it sends to be incinerated.

This is one of the findings from a recent report published by the London Assembly Environment Committee, which revealed that over half of the capital’s waste is sent for incineration, equating to over two million tonnes of rubbish.

The organisation noted that the city needs to think carefully about its waste disposal, especially after China introduced restrictions on the amount of waste it will take from other nations to recycle.

One of the findings in the report is that not all London boroughs offer food waste collection and as a result, “food waste is being burnt, rather than going to environmentally friendly processes, such as anaerobic digestion”.

Chair of the Environment Committee Leonie Cooper MP commented: “Burning recyclable and organic materials is wasteful and potentially harmful.”

Renewable Energy Magazine reported that the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) had reacted positively to the assertion that more of London’s food waste should go to AD plants.

Charlotte Morton, ADBA chief executive, stressed that the government needs to legislate for mandatory food waste collections across the whole of the UK to ensure that it meets its target of preventing all food waste from going to landfill by 2030.

If all London boroughs were to introduce food waste collections, there could be a need for new AD plants within easy reach of the city.

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