Limiting the £250m fund for waste collection to councils that intend to retain or return to weekly black bag collections could hamper the green credentials of the Government, according to the anaerobic digestion sector.
The Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association said indications that the Department for Communities & Local Government would only hand out money to support waste collections if councils guaranteed weekly residual collections and not for separated food waste have been “greeted with dismay”.
Liberal Democrat peer Lord Redesdale, ADBA chair, said source-segregated local authority waste food treated with anaerobic digestion (AD) could deliver more than 20TWhs of energy each year.
“The Government risks throwing away those benefits and increasing council tax bills if they pursue weekly residual waste collections at the expense of separate food waste collections,” he added.
“The value of our recycled waste is much higher when source-segregated as the quality of each part is higher - especially when not contaminated with food waste.
“Green infrastructure has huge potential to provide the growth the UK economy so desperately needs – if it is supported by Government policy. Anaerobic digestion (AD) offers a vast range of benefits, treating our waste efficiently and preserving our valuable resources, whilst at the same time building growth in the UK economy, creating 35,000 new jobs, generating renewable energy capacity, and tackling climate change.”