In many ways, waste is a natural part of
our daily lives; however that doesn’t mean that we can be complacent and
irresponsible with the waste we produce. It’s always important to minimise
waste production and manage it responsibly so that it has the lowest impact
possible on the environment. One example of this is food recycling.
Producing Food Waste Every Day
The production of food waste is normal;
after all when you eat a banana you peel back the skin and eat the delicious
fruit inside. However, this presents a problem, where do you put the banana
skin? This is where food waste recycling can be very useful.
Earlier last month, it was reported that 156 UK food businesses have committed to halving food waste by 2030. This is a significant waste reduction target that could have very significant benefits to our environment as a whole. After all, with regards to global warming and climate change, methane is a much more powerful heat-trapping gas than carbon dioxide and food waste releases methane as it rots in a landfill. Methane counts for 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions so it’s essential that businesses think about measures they can take to reduce the impact that this gas has on our planet.
However, whilst they say ‘it’s the thought that counts’, merely wanting to reduce your waste isn’t enough to combat global warming. Swift and significant action is required. After all, as Greta Thunberg said at the United Nations just a few weeks ago, "The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say - we will never forgive you."
So what can your business do to reduce the food waste produced? Well an important step is reporting your food waste, after all without accurate reports and measurements regarding your production of food waste, how can you be sure that your efforts to reduce food waste are working?
Reducing Your Food Waste; Is Food Recycling The Solution?
The phrase, “one person’s trash is another’s gold” rings true with regards to food waste. Through recycling services, items of food waste can be turned into incredibly useful materials. So by recycling your food waste, you’re not just helping to reduce your impact on the planet, you’re also providing others with more sustainably sourced materials. After all, it’s much better to use resources made from recycled products than to use the virgin resource straight from the Earth.
Typically speaking there are two main methods in which food waste is recycled. Firstly there is composting, which is a method of responsibly disposing of waste that many people may have already heard of before. This waste recycling method isn’t unique to food waste; it can also be used to dispose of items of garden waste. In this form of waste management, the mixed ‘green waste’ is shredded and placed into an enclosed system where temperatures are increased to 70 degrees centigrade. This mixture is then left for around 2-4 weeks; ensuring that any harmful microbes are killed. After this period of time, the mixture is left outside to mature, this can take between one month or as long as three months. After it has finally matured, the mixture can be used as a soil conditioner.
The other method of food recycling is Anaerobic Digestion. This method of recycling food waste utilises microorganisms to break down the waste. In addition to items of food waste, this waste disposal and recycling method can also be used in the management of other wastes including animal manure, slurries, and energy crops. As suggested by its name, anaerobic digestion takes place inside an enclosed system without oxygen; in which the released methane is collected and converted into biogas which can be used to generate electricity or create fuel. Additionally, this method of waste recycling also creates a nutrient-rich digestate, which can be used as a fertiliser for agriculture and land regeneration projects.
Food Recycling From BKP Group; How Can We Help Your Business?
Thanks to our strategic location in Hampshire, we’re ideally located to serve any commercial or industrial location throughout the South East of England. We’ve been in the region for over 50 years now, so we have plenty of experience working with businesses of various different sizes. So regardless if you’re a small business using recycling bins, or a large chain using tanks to store your waste; our team is equipped with the skills and abilities required to help your business become more sustainable and more environmentally-friendly.
However, it isn’t just about managing your waste in a more environmentally responsible manner. Did you know that there are also significant cost savings to be found when recycling your waste? For example, when compared to landfill disposal, the gate fees at food collection sites which utilise the above mentioned food waste recycling methods of anaerobic digestion or composting are significantly lower. So it’s not just eco-smart to recycle your food waste, it’s also money-smart.
Get In Touch With A Member Of Staff Today
If you’re interested in learning more information regarding our food recycling services or any of the other environmentally responsible waste disposal solutions available from BKP Group, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team of waste management specialists.
You can speak to our team by calling 0800 376 5004, Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm. Alternatively, you could contact our team online using one of the following methods.
- You can send our team an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You can fill out our contact form and a member of staff will respond as soon as possible.
- Or you could reach out on Twitter or Facebook @GroupBKP.