How is Food Waste Disposed Of?
Food waste comprises of all sorts of edible and inedible matter, created across many industries, mainly household and commercial.
Household Food Waste
Household food waste comprises of leftover food, food preparation waste and even unopened packaged food. Local authorities often collect food waste in a separate bin to encourage residents to recycle food instead of sending it to landfill. Household food waste is often used to created biogas (explained below) or compost.
Commercial Food Waste
Common commercial food waste includes unsellable food (past ‘use by’), leftover food from consumers, unsold food and by-products from manufacturing of food/drink products. Business waste is not managed by local authorities, therefore commercial waste management providers are enlisted to transport and dispose of the food waste.
Food Waste Regulations
Business have a Duty of Care to ensure all waste they produce, including food waste, is properly stored, transported, produced and disposed of in an environmentally considered way. Regarding food waste, this means businesses must properly store it in adequate containers in an organised, clean storage area prior to collection. The collection and disposal of the food waste must be hygienic and in accordance with local regulations, and each collection accompanied by a Waste Transfer Note.
At SL recycling we provide food waste management services, including a range of waste containers, waste collection and responsible food waste recycling through our partners.