Food waste trial for Wetherspoon

WETHERSPOON HAS begun a trial to collect food waste from over two dozen of its sites.

Biffa, the company’s long-term waste contractor, will collect the waste from 28 sites across the country. Most of it will end up in the Poplars anaerobic digestion plant – the largest plant of its kind in the UK.

Wetherspoon already diverts a huge amount of waste from landfill. By adding food waste recycling to the mix shows how seriously the food industry takes its environmental responsibility, said Biffa group sales and marketing director Bob Barltrop.

“It’s the right thing to do and, as landfill tax costs continue to rise, it makes good business sense. [This] 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.”

The news comes as new figures were released to show the significant progress being made by retailers to cut waste (insert link to Wrap story).

To find out more about anaerobic digestion, go to the Waste Special