When food is no longer suitable for consumption, it should be recycled, not sent to landfill. Here's why!
1 save money
Landfill is the most expensive place to send your organisation’s waste. In 2012, recycling a tonne of food waste costs at least £44 less than sending it to landfill. Landfill tax is rising by £8/tonne every year, so the savings increase each year. Landfill sites are filling up and closing down.
2 help the environment
Breaking down in landfill, food waste can produce methane – a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than CO2 – and a liquid, called leachate (essentially bin juice), which can contaminate water supplies.
3 food waste is a valuable resource
Why not use food waste as a source of renewable energy? Food waste can be used to produce biofertiliser, returning nutrients to the soil. It can also produce renewable energy, heat, and biofuel – here’s how.
4 go zero waste
Once the messy food waste is in its own separate bin, the rest of your waste is dry and much easier to recycle. Food waste recycling is the first key step to going zero waste. Up to 90% of all waste could be recycled, and recycling costs far less than landfill. Boost your business’ sustainability and boast about your green credentials!
5 beat new legislation
Legislation is on its way which requires businesses to recycle their food waste. All UK waste policies emphasise the need to reduce food waste to landfill, and Scotland is the first to introduce this legislation:
Find out more from Zero Waste Scotland.
6 join the movement
Aware of the huge economic and environmental benefits, UK businesses of all sizes are already reducing their waste to landfill. Big names in foodservice have signed up to WRAP’s voluntary agreement>
Go to the WRAP website to find out how you can get involved.