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SITA UK launches food waste recycling service for businesses in Birmingham

A food waste recycling service that helps businesses cut carbon emissions is being launched in Birmingham by SITA UK.

The service will allow food waste to be separated from the general rubbish bin in order to be composted and produce energy. Businesses will be provided with kitchen caddies lined with biodegradable sacks known as ‘biobags’, which SITA claims will improve hygiene and ease of use.

WRAP provided a £52,000 grant to help fund the service’s introduction, which was matched by SITA.

The funding means food and glass can be transported in new vehicles and could help to divert 1,000 tonnes of waste from landfill each year. Every kilogramme of food waste that is recycled will save around 450g of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere.

Head of organics and alternative fuels at SITA UK, Andy Hill, said:  “Birmingham is full of businesses that are looking for ways to improve their environmental performance and reduce their carbon footprint. Recycling food waste is an easy way to achieve this aim and to ensure that a significant proportion of your waste is diverted from landfill.”

He added: “This service has proved very successful in London, where we are collecting food waste from over 800 customers and putting that waste to good use by creating compost. Most businesses will be surprised by how much food waste they actually produce.”

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