In the UK, ‘it is estimated 10 million tonnes of food and drink arises ‘post-farm gate’ each year’ (House of Commons report, 2017). Food waste is often dense and heavy and is also accountable for contaminating other recyclables when mixed at source.
Where prevention or redistribution of surplus food or waste food isn’t achievable, segregating efficiently, can offer cost efficient options for disposal. This including sending the waste to Anaerobic Digestion (AD), recovering energy from the incineration of the waste.
The disposal of food waste by biomass (burning organic matter to release emissions) creates predominantly methane and some carbon dioxide, instead of these harmful gases being released into the atmosphere, the methane is burnt and turned into electricity or other forms of power, also known as renewable energy.
Greater use of AD to produce renewable energy and bio fertilisers reduces dependence on fossil fuels and cuts carbon emissions offering greater economic and environmental benefits to companies.
Alternatively food waste can also be processed and re-used as compostable material. A valuable opportunity to divert organic waste away from landfill, creating added value. Depending on the company and food waste volumes, on-site composting can be a cost efficient option.
Agecko have a number of bins and containers in their portfolio for food waste; owing to the weight of the substances, the majority of small food waste collections are made using 240 litre bins. For larger operations, for example food production facilities or the hospitality industry they often require enclosed larger bins and portable compactors to contain the wet waste, preventing leakage and the attraction of vermin.
Agecko UK Ltd, as a leading waste management provider, use innovative and traditional solutions ensuring the waste and recycling option chosen best fits the customers’ needs. Contact our experienced waste management team to discuss your requirements.