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Food waste ‘champion’ told recycling through AD is essential

Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA) chief executive Charlotte Morton has called on the newly appointed food waste champion to promote anaerobic digestion (AD) for inedible food waste.

Ben Elliot, co-founder of luxury lifestyle company Quintessentially, was appointed by Defra as food surplus and waste champion in the wake of the resources and waste strategy. The department said Elliot would “work with business leaders to ensure that this issue remains at the top of their agendas”.

His first objective will be to oversee a £15m fund to help divert commercial and retail food from being wasted to people judged in most need.

In a letter to Elliot, Morton said universal separate food waste collections were needed if inedible food waste is to be recycled at AD facilities.

She said it was “absolutely right” that the food champion role prioritises prevention and redistribution, adding: “It’s essential, however, that the need for separate food waste collections to recycle food waste that cannot be prevented or redistributed is not forgotten.

“The Government’s own findings identify AD as the best treatment option for inedible food waste, allowing it to be recycled into renewable energy and soil-restoring natural fertiliser.

“It is also important to point out the critical role of food waste collections in reducing food waste, through making householders and businesses more aware of the amount of food they are throwing away.”

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