The government has been urged to revisit proposals to ban sending food waste to landfill, after it emerged the parliamentary estate already ensures much of its food waste is sent to an anaerobic digestion (AD) facility to produce green gas and fertiliser. A parliamentary question last month from Labour’s Melanie Onn to the Liberal Democrat’s Tom Brake who represents the cross-party House of Commons Commission, revealed catering food waste produced on the parliamentary estate is processed into biogas. The news was welcomed by the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA), but the group also argued ministers should now take steps to ensure more institutions follow parliament’s lead and ensure food waste is not sent to landfill. The previous government rejected proposals for a ban on food waste to landfill and while some councils offer food waste collection services many still send waste food to landfill where it leads to greenhouse gas emissions.
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