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WRAP food waste plan focuses on AD

WRAP has launched a bid to drive up food waste recycling rates by increasing feedstock to anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities.

The charity’s latest food waste plan, announced at RWM, said an action plan steering group would engage with councils and AD plant operators.

WRAP wants to tackle the dual problems of seven million tonnes of food waste not being recycled each year and a lack of feedstock at AD plants.

A survey of AD operators and councils showed some similarities between the two over suggestions made to improve food waste recycling rates.

Both parties were keen on more investment in communication to residents, with the ‘No food waste please’ sticker on residual bins mentioned as an example of an effective way to boost recycling.

WRAP programme area manager Mike Falconer Hall presented the plan, which also suggested that plant operators consider providing their own food waste caddy liners, saying they were proven to increase recycling rates.

Falconer Hall acknowledged that operators would rather not have to accept food waste in caddy liners because they could cause blockages in processing machinery, and suggested they provide their own to remain in control of the type of liners received at their plants.

He added that he realised budgets were tight, but produced data to show that investment in communications would reap financial rewards.

The plan’s focus on AD complements WRAP’s work on food waste reduction and reuse, as evidenced by its Courtauld commitments.

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