Considering this is supposed to be the quiet time of year, when we all go off on our summer holidays, there has been a fair amount going on in the waste world.
410,000 tonnes of potato peel and skin, and 110,000 tonnes of bread ends and crusts are thrown away every year in the UK. For those of us working in the waste industry, we’re aware of the impact that this food waste has on the planet, and ultimately, ourselves.
With 300,000 tonnes of clothing in the UK going to landfill or incineration, the government’s Resources and Waste Strategy outlines plans to explore Extended Producer Responsibility Schemes for textile materials and other ‘harder to recycle’ materials.
The zero waste to landfill trend is growing. In 2016, 52.3 million tonnes was still being disposed of to landfill but, as more and more local authorities and businesses show an interest in declaring themselves landfill-free, all the signs suggest that the movement is set to increase.
Having just reached its third anniversary, Buckinghamshire County Council’s Greatmoor energy from waste plant is marking a number of achievements in the three years since it formally commenced operation on 14 July 2016.