WRM welcomes the commitment made by central government for the mandatory collection of food waste from all household properties. This move will provide a welcome boost to the organics industry and will support the much needed increase in recycling rates that are required to deliver the circular economy concept.
The introduction of food waste collections in the municipal sector presents a central question on how collections are undertaken with some local authorities favouring source segregated food waste collection, with others opting for co-mingled collections in which food wastes are mixed and collected with garden wastes. The outcome of this question determines factors such as the technologies that can be employed to treat collected waste, and the whole life cost of these different options. In our previous experience of working with local authorities, WRM understands that the answer to this question is not uniform and is driven by a range of local factors such as local authority demographics and local infrastructure availability.
Having considered the documents released by DEFRA, WRM are of the opinion that some of these issues are not fully reflected in the strategy. We see that this has the potential to significantly impact the existing organics market leading to both positive and negative outcomes.
DEFRA are presently consulting on the detail of their strategy and WRM are active in responding to this. We welcome the opportunity to hear from operators and other stakeholders in the sector to gather the views, experiences and opinions of our customer base, so that our response to the consultation can provide the required level of insight. Please get in touch with Anthony, Ben or Mark to let us know your thoughts – we are keen to hear from you!
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