Waste management company Biffa is proposing to come to the rescue of chain operators that are struggling to find a flexible way of handling their food waste.
The company has launched a new nationwide food waste collection service, which it says will benefit restaurants, bars, pubs, hotels and fast food restaurants across 22 areas of the UK. The service is primarily aimed at small and medium sized operators that require a safe and professional way of dealing with plate and kitchen waste.
From £7 a lift, small businesses can have their food waste collected as often or as little as required, diverting it from landfill and instead sending it to anaerobic digestion plants to be converted into energy.
Nearly 15 million tonne of food waste are produced every year in the UK and 40% currently ends up in landfill, according to Biffa. It claims its solution to food waste recycling is an ideal way for businesses to boost their sustainability credentials and appeal to customers who are ever more environmentally conscious.
It adds that the service will also help Scottish bars comply with recent food waste legislation changes north of the border, which could eventually be replicated elsewhere in the UK in future.
Businesses in Scotland producing more than 50kg of food waste per week are now required to present the waste for separate collection and from January 2016 legislation will also cover those producing more than 50kg of food waste per week.
Dave Wakelam, industrial and commercial business director at Biffa, said: “Our new Food Waste Collection service offers a bespoke and environmentally-friendly approach to handling the many tonnes of food waste produced by bars in the UK.
“With stringent legislation already in place on food waste in Scotland and the rest of the UK expected to follow suit, our service can help businesses to comply with the current regulations and prepare for further upcoming changes.”
“Disposing of food waste responsibly is becoming increasingly important as landfill diversion becomes the focus of waste management policy and our Food Waste Collection service makes it easier and more affordable for businesses to play their part.”
According to research by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), the UK could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 27m tonnes and businesses could save £2 billion if zero food waste to landfill by 2020 is achieved.
The areas included in the service are Birmingham, Nottingham, Sheffield, Manchester, St Helens, Southampton, Chelmsford, Belfast, Bristol, West Sussex, East London, Newchapel, South London, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Brighouse, Cardiff, Milton Keynes, South Shields, York, Farnham, Stoke, Preston, Leicester, Central London, High Wycombe, North London, St Albans, Edinburgh and Inverness.