Food waste: from landfill to biogas

Reducing, recycling and recovering value from food waste makes environmental and economic sense. Philip Lightowlers finds out how the UK is doing in improving its management record

Biffa's collection method in Oxfordshire has given positive results. Credit: BIFFAFifteen million tonnes of food is wasted every year in the UK, much of it going into landfill sites. Sending food waste there is a waste of resources: rotting in the ground produces methane which is a greenhouse gas more powerful than CO2. And recovering food waste through composting or anaerobic digestion (AD) generates energy and conserves resources.

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