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Biffa launches new initiative to promote food waste recycling

FBR Staff Writer Published 08 July 2015

Waste management company Biffa has launched a new food waste collection initiative to promote food waste recycling across 22 areas in the UK.

Through the initiative, SMEs will send their food waste to anaerobic digestion plants to be converted into energy, instead of sending it to landfill.

The businesses will be charged £7 per lift to have their food waste collected as often or as little as required.

Of the £15m tons of food waste produced every year in the UK, around 40% is being sent to landfills.

Biffa Industrial and Commercial Business director Dave Wakelam said: "Our new food waste collection service offers a bespoke and environmentally-friendly approach to handling the many tonnes of food waste produced by SMEs in the food retail sector.

"Disposing of food waste responsibly is becoming increasingly important as landfill diversion becomes the focus of waste management policy and our Food Waste Collection service makes it easier and more affordable for businesses to play their part."

The initiative will help Scottish businesses comply with the new legislations that require businesses producing more than 50kg of food-waste every week to present it for separate collection.

The legislation will also be applicable for SMEs with weekly production of more than 5kg food waste from 1 January 2016.