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From Plate to Purpose: Food Waste Action Week 2024

As Food Waste Action Week makes a return for 2024, the spotlight is once again on our collective efforts to halve food waste by 2030.

At Anglian Waste Recycling, we wholeheartedly support this mission as our values resonate with this ambitious goal. Collaborating closely with businesses and organisations throughout East Anglia, we specialise in the removal and recycling of all types of waste, with food waste being a growing area.

Through our innovative processes, we transform this waste into valuable resources such as biogas and agricultural fertilisers, contributing positively to both environmental sustainability and community well-being.

Working with Chantry Place

We’ve worked with Chantry Place – in the centre of Norwich, for 18 months on its waste reduction and recycling.

Ryan Marshall, Waste and Recycling Director for Anglian Waste Recycling celebrates recycling 88 tonnes of food waste for Chantry Place, with Jo Bates, Facilities Manager

Ryan Marshall, Waste and Recycling Director for Anglian Waste Recycling celebrates recycling 88 tonnes of food waste for Chantry Place, with Jo Bates, Facilities Manager

Our ultimate goal with any business is to make the process as easy as possible. At Chantry Place, we provide multiple bins to all food outlets to collect as much food waste as possible. We sort, treat and collect the waste and provide guidance on how to recycle efficiently and effectively.

Our Waste and Recycling Director Ryan Marshall said: “Over the last twelve months we’ve collected just over 88 tonnes of food from Chantry Place which has gone for anaerobic digestion in and around the surrounding area.”

From plate to purpose

You can watch a short video on the recycling process of food waste at Chantry Place here:


What is anaerobic digestion?

Anaerobic digestion is a biological process that occurs in the absence of oxygen, during which microorganisms break down organic matter into biogas and digestate.

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During anaerobic digestion, microorganisms called methanogens break down the organic matter, releasing methane and carbon dioxide gases, along with trace amounts of other gases. This mixture of gases is known as biogas and can be used as a renewable energy source for heating, electricity generation, or vehicle fuel.

The remaining material after digestion, called digestate, is rich in nutrients and can be used as a fertiliser in agriculture, thereby closing the nutrient loop and reducing the need for chemical fertilisers.

Anaerobic digestion plays a crucial role in waste management and renewable energy production, offering environmental benefits such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, diverting organic waste from landfills, and producing valuable resources from waste materials.

4.7 million tonnes of edible food is disposed of each year

Anglian Waste Recycling on Sustainability

At Anglian Waste Recycling, we are committed to minimising environmental impact. With a mission centred on responsibly managing waste and metal collected from our customers and generated by our operations, we are steadfast in our pursuit of achieving a zero-waste-to-landfill goal. By doing so, we aim to make a positive contribution to mitigating climate change and reducing our carbon footprint.

Discover the potential of your waste with our complimentary business waste audit. Through this comprehensive assessment, we uncover opportunities to enhance your recycling rates and decrease your expenses. Book your free, no-obligation audit here.


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