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PDM calls for industry to unite to fight food waste

Food waste recycler PDM is calling on industry stakeholders to get together to eliminate food waste from landfill and call for its ban from landfill.

It published a manifesto: ‘Vision 2020 – the future of the food waste recycling sector’, designed to provoke discussion and engage all food stakeholders from government to retailers to businesses to householders. But it also wants the document to result in “action and improvement that will ultimately propel the sector to the next level”.

PDM commercial director Philip Simpson said: “While a total landfill ban will be needed if we are to truly capture the vast majority of food waste produced in the UK, other drivers will have to be put in place to encourage participation and adoption among consumers and businesses alike.

“We are not suggesting that the manifesto holds all the answers but we are hoping that the points raised will be a catalyst to help take the sector to the next level and eventually eliminate food waste from landfill by the year 2020.”

The document outlines 10 areas for action:

  • A landfill ban – it believes a change in policy is needed swiftly but introduced on a staggered basis to ensure infrastructure and processes are in place
  • Educating the general public – it wants to see food waste education start in schools as well as educating businesses and consumers directly
  • Planning – it is calling for planning laws to be reconsidered to speed up the approval and build process and for a site identifying tool similar to the Local Planning Analysis Tool to be developed
  • Portfolio of solutions – it wants the industry to promote a range of solutions, not just AD, that will see it develop solutions able to cope with doomsday scenarios
  • Ending issues around household food waste – it wants the sector to find better storage solutions to neutralise smells and apathy and for uniformity of collections across council regions
  • Minimising waste – it wants a holistic approach from the food  chain that promotes zero waste, including consideration of portion sizes and packaging
  • Careers – it is calling for the sector to be more proactive in promoting the opportunities that exist and introduce training grants and bursaries funded by the sector
  • Future Proofing – it wants the UK to lead the industry and contribute to fund future development as well as attract the best talent
  • Visionary panel – it wants a standalone, elected panel supported by Government representatives that is focused on the future of the sector
  • Tax breaks for companies that recycle – it calls for a financial stimulus for companies that recycle and suggests a rebate programme brought in over 10 years to give the food recycling sector the opportunity to develop.

PDM is calling on businesses throughout the food chain to sign up and demonstrate their commitment to eradicating food waste from landfill online at: www.pdm-group.co.uk/vision_2020

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