Whilst there is still much more to be done with regards to food waste and Food Recycling, it is important to recognise the progress that has been made. For example, did you know that according to recent data, food waste production has fallen by 7% per person in the past three years? That’s almost a half million tonne reduction in food waste, saving over a billion pounds per year for citizens.
How Can You Improve Your Food Waste Management?
Typically speaking, food waste is usually recycled using one of two methods, composting and anaerobic digestion. Composting is a more familiar method of food waste management, as many of us use compost products in our gardens as soil conditioners. However, whilst many are familiar with the end of product of composting, the actual compost itself, some may be unaware of how this product is created through food recycling. In this method of food waste disposal, items of mixed food and garden waste are shredded and placed into an enclosed system where temperatures are increased to 70 degrees centigrade. The mixture is then left for around 2-4 weeks which ensures that any harmful microbes are killed. After this, the mixture is left outside to mature for a length of time ranging from a month to three months.
The other mentioned method of food waste disposal, anaerobic digestion is a food recycling method which uses microorganisms to break down the food waste. In addition to breaking down items of waste food, it can also break down other items of waste including animal manure, slurries, and energy crops. The anaerobic digestion disposal solution takes place inside an enclosed system without oxygen (hence the name anaerobic). In this enclosed system, the methane released from the waste is collected and converted into biogas. This methane can be used to generate electricity or create fuel. However, this is not the only product created through the anaerobic digestion process; it also creates a nutrient-rich digestate, which can be used as a fertiliser for agriculture and land regeneration projects.
Why Is Food Waste Recycling So Important?
When you consider risks to the climate and contributors to global warming, it’s easy to forget about items of waste such as food waste. After all, many of us focus on the polluting affects of cars, fossil fuels, and the presence of plastics in the ocean. However, did you know that food waste is a significant contributor to global warming? This is because of the gasses released whilst food waste rots. When kept in an enclosed environment (such as anaerobic digestion), the methane gas released by rotting food waste, this gas can be collected and converted into biogas. However, when food waste rots in landfill, this gas escapes into the atmosphere and contributes to global warming.
Whilst methane pollution thankfully only makes up 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions, this is not an insignificant amount. After all, whilst carbon dioxide does make up the majority of greenhouse gas emissions, methane gas is actually 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a heat trapping gas. [Source: Environmental Defence Fund]. As such, when considering how you can improve your environmental friendliness in both your personal and professional life, it’s important to not just consider your carbon footprint, but also consider your impact to the environment via other greenhouse emissions, such as your methane footprint.
The Impacts Of Climate Change
Climate change is arguably the most serious challenge currently affected humanity as a species. After all let’s not forget two of the well known speeches regarding climate change from last year, when US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said “the world will end in 12 years if we don't address climate change, and later in the year when Greta Thunberg spoke at the United Nations, "The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say - we will never forgive you."
Climate change isn’t just affecting polar ice caps thousands of miles away, there are also issues right here at home in the United Kingdom. Climate change is causing the amount of serious weather incidents to increase, additionally in the UK global warming and climate change presents the very serious threat of an increase in flooding in both in land and coastal areas. With the recent devastation caused by Storm Ciara which caused devastation over the countries including a fatality, the dangers of flooding are fresh in mind. However, flooding doesn’t need to be significant to cause serious issues; it only takes 6 inches of moving water to knock an adult off their feet.
Improve Your Waste Management With Food Recycling From BKP Group
Here at BKP we can provide convenient and easy recycling solutions, based in Romsey, Hampshire, we are ideally located to serve any type of domestic, commercial or industrial location throughout the South East of England. As we’ve served the region for over 50 years now, so if you’re in need of a food recycling solution, get in touch with BKP Group, a leading waste disposal and recycling business.
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.