The waste hierarchy

There is a legally binding waste hierarchy, with waste prevention first, followed by waste management. We know this best as "reduce, reuse, recycle". However, currently nearly half of the UK's food waste is not segregated and can not be recycled.

We believe that food that could be eaten, should be eaten. After this, the best place for inedible food waste is recycling, via anaerobic digestion or in-vessel composting. 

The waste hierarchy has been transposed into UK law through The Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011. This means there is a legally binding hierarchy of waste prevention first, followed by waste management, also known as “reduce, reuse, recycle”.  

The UK has a 50% legally binding recycling target, and food waste recycling is key to achieving this.  The UK government produced an Anaerobic digestion strategy and action plan to support this.  

"Anaerobic digestion offers a local, environmentally sound option for waste management which helps us divert waste from landfill, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and produce renewable energy. It is the best environmental option currently available to deal with unavoidable farm and inedible food waste.”

The Government’s Anaerobic Digestion Strategy and Action Plan Annual Report 2014 

Tamar is proud to be a member of the WRAP Food Waste Recycling Action Plan Steering Group. The Food Waste Recycling Action Plan (FWRAP) has brought together industry stakeholders and local authorities to maximise the amount of food waste collected, and to secure the supply of food waste to the Anaerobic Digestion (AD) & In-Vessel Composting (IVC) sectors.

Find out more about the UK's food waste problem. AD is a low cost, low carbon way to treat food waste. It diverts waste from landfill and incineration, reduces carbon emissions, recycles valuable nutrients back to the soil and creates a low cost renewable energy. Simply, AD or composting is the best place for inedible food waste. 

 

The waste hierarchy

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