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Separate Food Waste Collections By 2023 In England Need Funding Urgently

It might seem obvious that for English local authorities to implement the separate Food Waste Collections, which are set to become a legal requirement on all LAs, by 2023 in England need help with funding urgently. If not English Local Authorities will need to cut-back yet again on other council services.

The government's implementation of food waste collection with household waste for England is to be applauded because it is a necessary step to achieve the national Net-Zero Carbon 2050 aims. The ADBA press release republished below explains the situation:


ADBA Press Release (2 March 2021):

ADBA calls for urgent funding for Local Authorities to implement separate food waste collections by 2023

  • Separate food waste collections will become mandatory in England from 2023.
  • Local Authorities need to put a structure in place now to be ready by 2023.
  • the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) calls for funding to be provided without delay to make this possible.

In its annual monitoring report, published last week, the National Infrastructure Commission reiterated its recommendation – first made in its 2018 National Infrastructure Assessment – to “enable separate food waste collection for households and business for biogas production”.  In 2017, the UK Government made separate food waste collection mandatory in England by 2023 as part of its Resources and Waste Management Strategy.

However, there are no plans for the Government to financially support Local Authorities (LAs) to implement this directive before 2023 – by which time it will be too late to meet the deadline.

Local Authorities are in the process of putting their waste management contracts in place now for the years to come, and they need government funding NOW to be able to implement separate food waste collections by 2023″, explains Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA).

“In England, 50% of local councils are currently collecting food waste separately or as part of their green waste collection.  However, still some 2.3Mt of household-produced food waste goes to either landfill or sewer, where it emits harmful methane gas as it breaks down. This food waste could generate up to 2.7TWh of energy if it were taken to an AD plant. But lack of funding is preventing LAs from putting the infrastructure in place to collect this food waste, and being able to do so, as required by Government, by 2023. We cannot afford any delays if the UK is to meet its Net Zero targets by 2050 and hope this funding will feature in this week's Budget announcement.”

For further information, contact:

Jocelyne Bia, Senior Communications Consultant
email: Jocelyne.bia@adbioresources.org ; tel: 00 44 7910 878510

– ENDS –


About Food Waste Recycling:

  • AD is classed as the optimal form of treatment for unavoidable food waste

Image shows: Food waste hierarchy graphic by WRAP.

Source – WRAP

  • 7MT of solid food waste was sent to AD in 2019. Source – WRAP
  • The industry’s current capacity for food waste recycling is 3.2Mt. Source – ADBA
  • Some 2.3Mt of household produced food waste goes to either landfill or sewer. – Source – WRAP
  • Treating it through AD, we could generate up to 2.7TWh of energy. Source – ADBA
  • Upgraded to biomethane, this could abate over 2Mt of CO2 equivalent – this equals the annual emissions from 900,000 petrol cars. – Source – ADBA
  • The AD process also generates a valuable biofertiliser, digestate, which helps restore soils and displaces fossil-based fertilisers.

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