£500m cost of sending food waste to landfill

The Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA) will use a two-day event in Birmingham to show food businesses how anaerobic digestion could potentially save more than £500m a year by diverting nearly 6 million tonnes of food waste from landfill.

UK AD & Biogas 2013, which takes place at the NEC on July 3-4, will highlight the “significant contribution” that anaerobic digestion can make to the bottom line of food producers and outlets.

ADBA says it will show food manufacturers, processors, retailers and those in the hospitality sector why it makes financial sense to integrate AD into their businesses or get their food waste collected separately and sent for treatment through AD.

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This includes how to design and implement collection systems that work for their business, valuing their food waste feedstock, managing on-going operations and discussing how to make best use of the outputs from an AD plant.

Dean Pearce, regional account manager of PDM Group, which operates an AD plant, said: “Landfill capacity is dwindling fast and disposal costs are rising so businesses and local authorities will eventually have no other choice than to work to more sustainable solutions. Food waste collections have an important part to play in a zero-to-landfill waste strategy and, in the context of food waste as a resource, in terms of its potential to produce nutrients, heat and energy.”

The event will feature more than 240 exhibitors, 24 conference sessions, and 22 seminars and workshops.

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