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Food waste harms the planet

UK food waste emits more than 93,000 tonnes of methane into the atmosphere, making the same contribution to global warming as 3.8 million flights from London to New York, according to research.

Waste processing specialist Global Renewables analysed the impact of sending 3.9 million tonnes of food to landfill. It found that it emits 186,528 tonnes of methane. According to the firm, half of this methane is released into the atmosphere, making the same contribution to global warming as 3.8 million flights to New York.

Global Renewables managing director David Singh said: People can reduce their methane footprints simply by throwing away less food. But to make significant cuts in methane emissions, we encourage local authorities to consider the whole spectrum of waste recovery techniques, some of which actually offset total emissions of carbon equivalents.

The company has recently announced that it is on track to fulfil the terms of its 25-year private finance initiative waste contract with Lancashire County Council and Blackpool Council. It has started the construction of mechanical biological treatment facilities at Leyland near Preston and Thornton near Blackpool.

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