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Council chief joins anaerobic digestion body

A local authority waste chief has joined the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association.

John Woodruff, head of waste services at Bromley Council, will help guide the trade body’s work.

Woodruff is also chair of the National Association for Waste Disposal Officers.

Hesaid: “Waste is one of the most important and visible local authority services, and local authorities need to make sure they deal with waste in the most sustainable way possible as well as providing value for money for tax payers.

“Anaerobic digestion is the most sustainable treatment option for food and garden waste, offering the lowest environmental impact, as recognised by Defra in the waste review.

“I look forward to working with ADBA to expand the reach of this technology in local authority settings, and facilitating closer working between local authorities and the AD industry.”

ADBA Chairman Lord Redesdale said it was vital for the AD industry to understand councils’ situations.

“Local Authorities – through the provision of household collection services - have control over a huge proportion of the organic food and garden waste that should be treated by AD,” he said.

“It is therefore absolutely vital that the AD industry understands the issues that local authorities face, not least financial constraints and public opinion, and that we work together to look at how the potential of this valuable waste resource can be maximised given those constraints.

“I look forward to working with John to increase the dialogue between local authorities and the AD industry, and ultimately helping more councils to send their organic waste to AD plants.”

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