Fruit market reaches zero waste target thanks to Biffa & Farmers get greener!

Posted: 08/06/2012

The Fruit Market in Birmingham has reached its tricky target of a zero waste going to landfill. The goal was achieved with the help of Biffa and their new Intelligent Waste Management Service.

The new service involves Biffa recycling dry mixed recycling as well as food, general waste and wood from Birmingham Fruit Market. All of this recycled waste accumulates to a massive 3,300 tonnes of waste that will be collected each year thanks to the Intelligent Waste Management deal.

The waste food will be taken to the Poplars anaerobic digestion plant in Cannock, Staffordshire where it will be processed and turned into fertiliser, water and green energy. The plant at Poplars, operated by Biffa is the largest food AD plant in the UK and has the ability to recycle a massive 120,000 tonnes of waste food every year, which produces enough green energy to power 10,000 homes.

The Dry Mixed Waste is recycled at the Aldridge recycling facility which has the capacity to process 300,000 tonnes a year.

The latest move proves that, with enough determination and cooperation between the food industry and waste management services, it is possible to dramatically reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. The recycling scheme also saves business the cost of landfill tax which continues to rise, so it makes economic sense for businesses to recycle waste over sending it to landfill.

Biffa are also trailing their Intelligent Waste Management Service with the pub chain Weatherspoons. Biffa already recycles Weatherspoon’s glass and general waste throughout the country with the addition of the waste food recycling scheme on trial.

The trial is being carried out in 28 Weatherspoons under an initial period and much of the waste food that is collected will go to Biffa’s AD plant in Cannock.

In other environmental news, a study by Natwest and NFU has discovered that almost 30% of farmers across England and Wales are participating in renewable energy production.

Out of the 400 farmers that were surveyed, an average of one in five farmers created clean energy, one in six farmers have installed solar panels and one in eight are using renewable energy.

However, the report also found that over half of the farmers found it difficult to be granted planning permission for renewable energy projects. The other factors which made renewable energy developments a tricky task was the lack of funding and the difficulty in researching potential renewable energy schemes.

What are your thoughts about the latest recycling and renewable energy achievements by farmers, Birmingham Fruit Market and Biffa?

Amanda McGovern, Pali Ltd

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