UK businesses lose thousands of pounds of savings on recycling food waste

On average, UK businesses spend £50,862 each year sending their food waste to landfill, but recycling food waste could save them £7,000 per year, according to new research.

With the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) Environmental Act fast approaching, which it plans to make a legal requirement in England for businesses to recycle food waste, the study by the national recycling company Food waste recycling also revealed that 99%* of UK businesses are either unaware of the legislation or, if they are, have little or no understanding of it.

On top of this, a third (38%) of UK businesses don’t think food waste is a top priority, and more than a quarter (27%) said they don’t recycle food waste at all.

However, while companies said they are not prepared or educated for the legislation, 62% said they were working to understand it and 58% said they were concerned about carbon emissions from sending food waste to landfills. .

Grant Keenan, managing director of Keenan Recycling, who conducted the research, said: “If I told you that tomorrow I will save you almost £7,000 for your business, I’m sure there are many things that as a business owner you could use. that money, especially with the rising cost of living, fuel, and supplies. This figure represents the average amount businesses could save by choosing to recycle instead of sending food waste to landfill.

On top of this, with pending legislative change and pressure for organizations to make their own net-zero plans public, food recycling will be key for business operations to run sustainably in the future, so the best time to getting involved is now.”

For companies in Scotland, where Keenan’s headquarters are based, food waste recycling has been made mandatory for those producing more than 50kg of waste since 2014. This was later extended to any company producing more than 5kg of waste in 2016, making it a legal obligation for any company of this type. for recycling using a registered waste hauling service.

Grant concluded: “This is what the English legislation that is proposed to introduce in 2023 is likely to enforce, which means that most businesses should look to become more educated about food waste recycling and its many benefits, including financial ones, for create a more circular environment. economy.”

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