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Food Waste Action Week

From the 7-13th March 2022, we’re all being encouraged to love food and hate waste during the second annual Food Waste Action Week. This is an entire week of action dedicated to raising awareness of the environmental costs of the food that we waste. It will also promote activities that help to reduce the size of the problem.

The figures speak for themselves. Around a third of the food produced globally is wasted and its impact on the environment is significant. Between 8-10% of the total manmade greenhouse gas emissions (ghg emissions) are caused by wasted food. In the UK, 6.7 million tonnes of food produced is wasted per year costing £10.2 billion. This represents costs of £250-£400 per household per year.

Practical changes

Whilst Food Waste Action Week 2021 focused on climate change and some of the problems that wasting food can cause, Waste Action Week 2022 will look at the impact our actions have and spread the message that wasting food is not acceptable.

The aim throughout will be to motivate people to make changes to their behaviour. As well as providing statistical information about food waste, the week of action will also target positive behaviour that people can adopt to help reduce their own food waste. This can include freezing food, storage, and fridge temperatures, as well as how to shop more sustainably and realistically. The aim throughout will be to reduce the amount of food waste in our homes.

Weekly food waste collections

The problem of food waste is now in the spotlight more than ever before. The challenges posed by climate change mean that a whole raft of harmful habits and behaviours will need to be changed if the country is to meet its Net Zero target.

The Environment Act 2021 placed a new responsibility on local authorities to begin weekly household food waste collections. Currently, around 40% of local authorities already provide food waste collection, but some of these only offer the service fortnightly, often alongside their green waste collection.

From 2023, all local authorities will need a waste and resources action plan and be required to provide a collection on a weekly basis. This is likely to present a logistical challenge for many authorities, but by reducing household food waste and providing a collection for the waste that is produced the government hopes to drive down the carbon footprint of UK food waste.

Industry challenges

As well as household food waste, businesses are also responsible for significant quantities of food waste. From leisure and hospitality to supermarkets and food manufacturing businesses, unwanted ingredients, processed foods and other resources are frequently thrown away. Reducing the amount of food that is wasted across the board is a key challenge for the UK over the coming years but doing so can be challenging for individual businesses. There are problems of storage, transportation, and disposal to consider. Financial and environmental costs have to be taken into consideration, as well as any regulatory requirements that businesses are required to meet. Wasting food feeds climate change so government pressure on industry to lower the amount of food that is lost or wasted is likely to increase. Industry requirements for a cohesive resources action programme will be paramount.

BioteCH4 can provide the solution

BioteCH4 is one of the leading anaerobic digestion operators in the country. We handle the safe and environmentally appropriate collection and transportation of food waste, oils, and fats for recycling. Working with local authorities and commercial organisations, we provide a range of solutions to help reduce the amount of food waste that ends up in landfills. We also understand that few businesses have the time, inclination, or resources to devote to managing their food waste.

We act as the link between food producers and the end-user, offering a pallet collection service for food waste that might otherwise be financially prohibitive to deal with. We make it easier for businesses to recycle their food waste, whilst also helping them to lower their carbon footprint overall.

We can collect and process food waste, oils and fats and category 3 animal by-products as well as local authority and commercial waste.

We’re always happy to provide advice and answer any questions you might have about food waste and our food waste management services. Call 01427 667744 or email to find out more. 

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