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Commercial food waste collection success in Bradford

A commercial food collection and composting scheme in Bradford is on the right track to divert 600 tonnes of food waste from landfill this year.

Promoted by Bradford Environment Action Trust with funding from Resource Efficiency Yorkshire, the scheme collects food waste from local businesses and schools in Brighouse,
Bradford, Sowerby Bridge, Halifax and the surrounding areas.

Six more businesses have recently joined up to the scheme, which now has a total of 65 firms involved. It is hoped another 30 will be recruited.

BEAT food waste promotions coordinator Rosie McTiernan said: Its a fantastic start that so many businesses in the area have signed up to this scheme, but we still need more to join in. This type of service must become the norm for businesses as sending waste to landfill beomes rapidly more expensive. However raising awareness within small local businesses and helping them change remains a challenging task.

Made up of mostly plate scrapings and peelings, the service also accepts compostable butchery and fishmongery waste. The food waste is mixed with garden waste, which is then processed into compost for agriculture.

The scheme is also being promoted towards Asian food businesses in recognition of their importance to Bradfords local economy. BEAT is working with a local Imam to help spread the word about the environmental benefits, using statements from the Hadith and the Koran.

TEG Environmental operates the collection service, which aims to take 12.5 tonnes of food waste for composting each week.

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