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Organics waste recycling up by 9%

The volume of UK organic waste recycling rose by 8.9% in the latest year to be surveyed, a WRAP report has revealed.

The UK Organics Survey 2009 found that just under six million tonnes of organic waste was treated in 2009.

Organic waste was treated at 309 operational organics recycling sites including 281 composting facilities, 17 anaerobic digestion sites and nine mechanical biological treatment plants.

The report found that 75% of operators in the 2009 industry ran just one or two sites. The aggregate turnover of the UK organics recycling industry was estimated to be £229m.

Aerobic composting was the dominant treatment method, accounting for 90% of waste.

WRAP chief executive officer Dr Liz Goodwin spoke about the importance of recycling food waste as part of an update on the organisation’s website.

She said: “Our research shows the sector could save around £724m by recycling and tackling food waste.  

“We’ve begun doing some work with some of the major players in the industry to see if we can develop a voluntary agreement along similar lines to the well-established and successful Courtauld Commitment.”

WRAP said 1.2m tonnes of food and packaging waste had been prevented over the last five years through the success of the first phase of the Courtauld Commitment. 

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