Biffa is investing in four food waste transfer stations to collect and sort food waste before it is sent to be treated at the company’s anaerobic digestion (AD) plants in Staffordshire, Leicestershire and West Sussex.
The first station of the £1.5m investment has now been installed inside the company’s existing waste transfer plant in St Helens on Merseyside, which was built in 2011.
The facility can now process general household food waste as well as meat-based waste produced by businesses.
Further transfer stations are planned in Yorkshire, the south-west, the south-east and Scotland.The UK generates around 15 million tonnes of food waste each year, with companies in the food service sector accounting for just under half of this. Around 40% goes to landfill.
Chris Savage, general manager of Biffa’s AD plant at Cannock, said “Biffa has a long-term commitment to diverting food waste away from landfill.
“Our investment into the new transfer stations will create great efficiencies in the collection and preparation of food waste before it is sent to our AD plants.”
Biffa’s AD facilities currently enable up to 240,000 tonnes of food waste a year to be treated.