The Renewable Energy Association (REA) and Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) have released a joint statement communicating a need for collaboration and action to boost recycling rates and food waste capture rates.
The statement comes after LARAC slammed a recent REA report – The Real Economic Benefit of Separate Food Waste Collections – as “self serving”.
The report concluded that in the majority of situations, food waste collected separately can save money for local authorities and businesses in the UK.
LARAC said this was not reflective of the actual savings that might be realised by the introduction of food waste collections.
Jeremy Jacobs, Technical Director at the REA – “The renewables industry is sensitive to the tight budgetary constraints that most local authorities face and we are open to working with them to deliver workable solutions and innovative funding models”
The two organisations have now come together to stress the importance of collaboration and action to boost recycling rates and food waste capture rates.
Jeremy Jacobs, Technical Director at the REA said: “Increasing the volume of food waste that is collected separately is critical to meet our legally binding recycling target of 50 percent by 2020. There is an urgent need for new policy; collaboration and consensus are the strongest tools we have available to achieve it.
“The renewables industry is sensitive to the tight budgetary constraints that most local authorities face and we are open to working with them to deliver workable solutions and innovative funding models”
Andrew Bird, Chair at LARAC said: “Local authorities are under extraordinary pressure at the moment and for the foreseeable future, and each faces their own difficult budgetary choices.
“We know that the REA understands this, and we see the point of their report – that there are potential savings to be made with separate food waste treatment compared to residual waste disposal, and this can help offset additional collection costs.
“We look forward to working with them, and with Government, to find solutions to the UK’s recycling and sustainability needs.”