Recycling and waste management company Biffa is running a food waste recycling trial with pub chain Wetherspoon’s as the company looks to cut more waste and boost its environmental performance.
The food waste trial is the latest step in a successful and longstanding partnership between Wetherspoon’s and Biffa who currently runs collections of glass recycling and general waste for the chain throughout the country.
Commenting on the news, Biffa group sales and marketing director Bob Barltrop said: "Wetherspoon’s already divert a huge amount of waste from landfill and adding food waste recycling to this is a clear demonstration that, increasingly, the food industry takes its environmental responsibility seriously.
"It’s the right thing to do and, as landfill tax costs continue to rise it makes good business sense; t will increasingly be the cheapest thing to do with food waste. In fact collection contracts such as this are set to be the most economical way for businesses of all sizes to deal with food and general waste."
Biffa’s food waste recycling service is currently being operated at 28 Wetherspoon’s sites for an initial trial period. Much of the food waste collected from these sites will be taken to Biffa’s ‘super’ AD plant.
Operated by Biffa, Poplars is the largest food AD plant in the country and has the capacity to process 120,000 tonnes of food waste every year, turning it into water, fertiliser and producing enough energy for 10,000 homes.