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Calls For Greater AD Investment In Scotland

The Scottish government needs to invest more heavily in anaerobic digestion (AD) plants, as well as communicating the benefits of recycling to households, if it is to implement its ban on biodegradable waste going to landfill by 2025.

Herald Scotland reported on comments made by Robert Etherson, founder and partner of Energen Biogas, who said that the government needs to help organisations find further investment to help councils introduce the ban.

He also stated that he believes there hasn’t been enough work to communicate the benefits of recycling with households.

Mr Etherson said that the problem is that although there has been investment in AD plants and other measures to improve the collection of food and other organic waste in Scotland, funding pressures mean that there isn’t much financial support available at present and this is holding the country back.

He stressed the importance of collecting food waste only, rather than co-mingled waste. “We can’t process co-mingled food, so it has to go to a composting site, and then you have all that CO2 going into the atmosphere and you have no renewable energy being produced,” Mr Etherson explained.

Chief executive of Zero Waste Scotland, a government-funded body, Iain Gulland told the newspaper that there is still funding available and that the reason food is continuing to be sent to landfill is that people and industry are “not using the recycling facilities available to them”.

The UK is producing more bioenergy than in the past, according to the latest figures from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Its figures for the second quarter of this year revealed there was a 10.4 per cent increase in the level of bioenergy produced compared to the same three months in 2018.

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