It has been estimated that the food and drink supply chain generates more than 11 million tonnes of food waste and 5 million tonnes of packaging each year (Waste and Resources Action Programme, WRAP).
This is why good waste management is vital in the food manufacturing industry, because it is bad for the environment and can be bad for the bottom line too. Disposing of food waste to landfill is fast becoming an expensive option in light of ever-increasing landfill tax.
Food waste recycling can actually positively affect a food manufacturer’s bottom line; taking food out of the general waste streams can reduce the amount spent on landfill tax as food is the heaviest element of food waste. A typical 360 litre wheelie bin for example would weigh 80kg if full of food waste, but filled with general waste it would only weigh around 30kg.
It is also likely that in the foreseeable future sending commercial food waste to landfill will simply not be an option; with the UK likely to follow in the footsteps of the Republic of Ireland and Scotland in introducing pre-segregation legislation.
With a number of clients within the industry forming part of our Eco-Eating membership scheme, Cawleys understand these issues facing food manufacturers and can work with you to implement an effective resource management programme that treats all waste, including food waste recycling, as a valuable resource that can provide return on investment for your company’s bottom line.
To find out more information about the innovative technology that Cawleys employs for its award winning food waste recycling schemes, and how we would treat your food waste, please visit our Anaerobic Digestion page.