Two Scottish companies have come together to offer an integrated commercial food waste collection and treatment solution for the country.
The partnership is between waste manager Binn Group, which has established collection routes and customers, and food waste processor Earnside Energy, which has the technology, expertise and experience to process food waste.
Operating side-by-side at Binn EcoPark near Perth, the companies plan to collect and recycle up to 30,000 tonnes a year of food waste, generating around 18 million kilowatt hours of electricity for the national grid.
In preparation for the partnership, in 2017 Binn Group invested in a fleet of food waste collection vehicles with onboard weighing capability. At the same time, Earnside increased capacity at its anaerobic digestion (AD) facility, utilising the latest technology.
Named the ’Food Waste Scotland’ initiative, the partnership is designed to offer any business in Scotland that produces food waste with a cost-effective and compliant solution.
Since 2016 it has been a legal requirement in Scotland for all businesses generating more than 5kg a week of waste food to segregate this from other waste streams and to ensure it is collected separately.
Allan MacGregor, Binn Group chief executive, said: “The Scottish Government has set an ambitious target to reduce the amount of food waste by 33% by 2025. Segregating food waste makes people conscious of the amount they produce and encourages them to try and reduce that amount. Food Waste Scotland is leading the call to encourage everyone in Scotland to play their part.”
According to the partnership, even if the Government achieved its target figures, there would still be an estimated one million tonnes of food waste in Scotland requiring proper collection and treatment.
Earnside Energy claims its AD facility operates at in excess of 90% efficiency against the national AD standard of 71%.