Public awareness surrounding the environment is on the rise, and individuals and businesses are facing more pressure than ever to reduce their impact on the environment. Food waste poses one of the biggest threats to UK landfill sites, so it’s important for businesses to find ways of tackling leftover consumables in a way that won’t harm the environment.
We should all commit to making eco-friendly changes every day, no matter how small or large, and to taking an active role in protecting our planet. Here are just 4 reasons why all companies should find a solution to recycling their food waste.
Reduce your carbon footprint
When sent to landfill, food waste biodegrades and releases alarming levels of the poisonous greenhouse gas, methane. Methane is even more harmful than carbon dioxide, and is considered one of the largest contributors to global warming. When companies make the effort to recycle their food waste, they reduce the amount of food which ends up in landfill, and therefore reduce the methane emissions impacting the environment.
Avoid water contamination
Unfortunately, food waste in landfill sites also threatens the UK’s water supply. When food waste comes into contact with rain water, it can contribute to the production of “leachate”, a harmful liquid carrying unpleasant toxins. Although landfill sites now implement safety measures to prevent leachate from draining into local water supplies, contamination does still occur and cause problems for people living nearby.
Convert waste into renewable energy
When food waste is recycled, the process of anaerobic digestion can be used to convert the waste into a source of renewable energy. The food is left to decompose without being exposed to air, which allows the digestion facilities to capture methane and carbon dioxide emissions before they’re released into the environment. The gases are then converted into renewable energy for use in industries across the UK.
If you run a large company, the chances are that you employ the services of professional disposal experts to manage your waste. In this case, you’ll probably be expected to pay towards the Landfill Tax they’ll have been charged for the disposal. Hiring a waste disposal company that promises to recycle your waste is a much more cost-effective option, in addition to being much more environmentally friendly. You won’t have to pay towards a Landfill Tax, and you’ll be able to rest assured that your waste isn’t rotting away in a landfill site.
Brewsters: Waste disposal experts based in London and Essex
Disposing of your company’s food waste responsibly can help you reduce your disposal costs and your carbon footprint at the same time. At Brewsters, we’re committed to simplifying the entire process for our customers with an extensive range of specialist waste management services.
From skip hire to confidential waste disposal, our team of professionals are experts in all matters of waste management. We recycle as much as we can, and are dedicated to helping our customers do the same. For more information about our range of services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team today.