The last 12 months have seen food waste coming to the top of the agenda for the waste management sector, local authorities, householders and even central Government. Visitors to this year’s Recycling & Waste Management show (RWM, 14-16 September, NEC Birmingham) can find out how the UK can deliver industrial scale solutions for food waste, by attending the PDM seminar in the Local Authority theatre on Wednesday 15th September at 11am.
In this seminar, PDM’s commercial director, Philip Simpson, will look at the steps the UK needs to take in order to ensure it has industrial-scale processes and capacity in place to handle the millions of tonnes of food waste generated by the nation each year. PDM will be able to draw on the experience of its partner, European recyclers, SARIA, to look at what we can learn from Germany, the home of recycling best practice.
Visitors can also learn more about the range of solutions that are available for handling food waste at PDM’s stand, number 960.
"Food waste is an important resource, for many different sectors, so it’s criminal that landfill continues to be the primary disposal route. With pet food ingredients, renewable energy and biodiesel all key end markets, it’s important that we exploit the food waste we have," says Simpson.
"Anaerobic digestion has seen a great deal of focus, but it’s only one solution. Some types of food waste are better suited for other processes such as rendering, while a biomass-to-energy plant will give a higher yield of energy for the amount of food waste recycled. It’s definitely an exciting time for the food waste recycling sector and what waste management professionals need to understand is the importance of utilising different solutions, to ensure that we are getting the most value from our food waste."