09 September 2008

Wales Implementing More Separate Food Waste Collection

The whole of Wales has succeeeded in achieving all the waste targets which have been set for this year, however the targets are raised every year so it is always necessary for additional recycling to be achieved year on year.

Separate food waste collection will enable greater use of anaerobic digestion. Therefore, it is good news to hear of separate food waste collection schemes being started.

On 1st September, the Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing Jane Davidson said:

As a nation we need to reduce the amount of waste that we send to landfill as this is the least sustainable method of managing our waste.

We need concerted effort by everyone, both householders and businesses to achieve more recycling and less landfill.

She said Local Authorities in Wales now need to look at ways of recycling food waste.

Food waste is an area of great potential and exploiting this will be essential if we are to continue increasing the amount of waste we recycle and divert from landfill.

Earlier this year, Local Authorities were given an extra £15 million in recycling grants which they were strongly advised to use to prepare for the separate collection and treatment of food waste.

Monmouthshire, Torfaen, Merthyr, Carmarthenshire, RCT, Bridgend and Swansea have already started to introduce food waste collection service.

Cardiff, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey, Conwy, Wrexham, and Blaenau Gwent are planning to start collections later this year or early next year.

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