Organics recycling boosted, finds survey

Anaerobic digestion (AD) is boosting the UK organics recycling industry, according to a new sector report.

The Annual Survey of the UK Organics Industry (ASORI), commissioned and published by WRAP, has shown an increase in the number of working AD sites in 2012. “The total input of organic waste processed via AD increased to 1.69m tonnes (mt) in the calendar year 2012. Over half of the sites surveyed had begun operation in the period since the last survey, which covered 2010,” the report said.

Research has also shown that the largest source of non-agricultural feedstock to AD is food waste, of which around a third is from local authority collections.

Head of organics and energy at WRAP Ian Wardle said: “It’s really positive to see continued growth across the sector. The report highlights some great things for the industry, particularly around continued growth, improved quality and opportunities to generate higher revenue. The industry has always provided an excellent response to the survey, with this year’s being the most comprehensive yet”.


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