A round-up of news from the waste and resources sector including a new test for anaerobic digestion biomethane potential, food waste funding for Norfolk and an inquiry into the sustainability of the Ministry of Justice.
Up to 27 million tonnes of waste from industry could be better utilised through biorefining in Scotland every year, with the potential to add millions of pounds of value to Scotland’s economy, says a new Zero Waste Scotland report.
Digital waste company Winnow has sealed $7.4 million (£5.6 million) in growth capital to fund the further development of its Waste Monitor app helping commercial and residential kitchens monitor and cut their food waste.
The government has responded to EFRA’s ‘Food Waste in England’ report and acknowledges that while more needs to be done to tackle food waste, a mandatory approach is not currently being considered for England.
Resources Minister Therese Coffey says ‘ambitious’ recycling targets proposed by the EU could lead to ‘perverse actions’ being carried out to ensure enough waste is recycled, suggesting that Defra considered instructing residents to water their gardens to produce garden waste during this year’s relatively dry summer.
Resource talks to Entomics co-founder Matt McLaren about the origins of the Cambridge-based start-up’s insect-derived protein product it hopes will provide another solution to the world’s growing food waste problem.
Businesses from the Consumer Goods Forum and Champions 12.3 coalition have issued a call to action to simplify and standardise food date labels worldwide by 2020 in a bid to reduce food waste as Champions 12.3 releases a progress report on global efforts to reduce food waste.
WRAP is calling for local and national organisations to join it in taking joined-up action to help residents cut food waste as it starts a new phase in the organisation’s consumer food waste prevention strategy.