Part of my role with WAB is to keep on top of news and events from around the UK that might have an impact on Scottish Businesses.
So I trawl the relevant websites to find such information and link to it under the WAB News section.
I post the links in the hope that visitors to the WAB website find it useful as a way of keeping abreast of developments in the sector. It’s just part of offering a good service.
An example of such a piece of news that was published recently was as follows:
Jane Kennedy is the UK’s Waste and Recycling Minister and the summary of the story is that the farming industry should use Anaerobic Digestion (AD) to dispose of more of their waste.
According to DEFRA, AD could “make a significant contribution to the recovery of energy from waste and the diversion of organic waste from landfill”.
DEFRA neatly sum up AD as follows:
“Anaerobic digestion involves harnessing the natural process whereby organic matter is broken down by bacteria in the absence of oxygen to produce biogas. This can be used as a renewable energy source, both for heat and power. Alternatively, the carbon dioxide and other impurities can be removed to produce biomethane which can be used as a transport fuel or injected into the gas grid. The treated material (or digestate) can be used as a fertiliser and soil conditioner.”
So there you go. How useful is this for smaller businesses? Potentially very useful indeed because as the infrastructure develops it becomes cheaper for all businesses to use collection services for their organic waste. So it makes sense to encourage the development of these facilities, provided it is done with a view to allowing all food waste from all businesses to be processed there.