Why should we treat food waste?
It’s a win: win for the planet. Food waste (kitchen waste) such as vegetable peelings, left-over meals, meat, fish and bones that you would normally put out for collection with your household rubbish is bio-degradable. This means that when it is sent to the landfill site, it breaks down (rots). When this happens, gases are produced, mainly methane and carbon dioxide, which are powerful greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change (global warming). Therefore if we can prevent the waste going to landfill we will reduce the amount of greenhouse gases produced and help the entire planet!
The two Councils also need to collect and treat food waste to be able to meet statutory recycling/composting/reuse targets set by the Welsh Government.
How can we treat food waste?
Safely. Food waste that contains meat products, such as that from most householders’ kitchens has to be treated by methods that comply with the Animal By-Products Regulations. These regulations ensure that any harmful bacteria in the waste are killed off during the treatment process, making the products safe to be returned to the land.Why can’t we just continue to landfill our waste?
Landfill is not a sustainable option. Space is running out and it is very unlikely that we will be able to build more. The act of throwing our waste directly into landfill is a waste of all the raw material and energy that went into making the products that we use. We also create methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that is 23 times more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide, as well as a leachate that can harm our water systems.Why did we need to procure food waste treatment services?
Public bodies have to “procure” high value services, which mean we have to advertise the contract and the companies that want to provide the services have to compete and win the contract.Why are Ceredigion and Powys working together?
The Welsh Government identified that there was insufficient food waste treatment capacity in Wales and so it initiated the Waste Infrastructure Procurement Programme, which supported Local Authorities as they procured long term food waste treatment contracts.
The two County Councils have similar demographics and shared needs. It makes sense to work together in waste management to find joint solutions and save costs.Why did Agrivert win the contract to treat food waste?
Ten companies chose to compete for the food waste treatment contract. All of the proposals put forward were scored against a number of criteria, including the cost, the effect on the environment and the robustness of the technology being proposed. Agrivert won the competition (and the contract) by submitting the proposal that scored the most marks.Can’t you just promote home composting instead?
Composting will still be promoted by both councils for un-cooked kitchen waste and garden waste, and compost bins will continue to be offered to residents at a competitive rate. However, it is not recommended to put cooked kitchen waste into a home compost bin – and the Agrivert facility will be able to treat this waste. Also, not everyone can compost at home but the food waste collection service is free and easy to use by everyone.How can I recycle my food waste?
You can continue to use a compost bin for your uncooked food waste and garden waste. Other food waste can be recycled by using the caddy and bin provided by your local Council and putting it out for collection. Please contact your local Council for more information.What else is the Central Wales Waste Partnership doing?
The partners are looking at other opportunities for collaboration, such as the treatment of residual waste (waste that remains that can’t be composted, recycled or treated in the Anaerobic Digestion plant).