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A Look into the Future of Organic Recycling: Trends and Innovations

Often referred to as biodegradable, the term ‘organic waste’ covers waste from plants and animals. It can be recycled using processes such as anaerobic digestion and composting, with several key trends and innovations driving key change in the disposal of such materials.

Organic recycling is being celebrated as a way of curbing humans’ impact on the environment. This article will look at the current trends and innovations that are leading the charge for a more circular and sustainable approach to dealing with organic waste.

Repurposing Organic Waste into Bioenergy

Organic waste can be transformed into bioenergy through processes such as anaerobic digestion and pyrolysis. The first method creates renewable biogas energy and sees microorganisms break down food and animal waste. The second relies on encouraging the decomposition of crops, food and (otherwise wasted) organic matter via intense heat. This produces biofuel.

Both methods contribute to lowering the dependence on fossil fuels. Creating a ‘feedstock’ or biomass that’s ideal for anaerobic digestion, we supply several AD plants here in the UK. It’s suitable for organic farming and promotes closed-loop systems and sustainable energy.

But, what about other trends and innovations?

Legislating to Reduce Food Waste

In 2021, the UK Government passed The Environment Act. Part of this legislation included efforts to minimise food waste. Currently, “one-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally”. It usually ends up in landfill, releasing methane.

Needless to say, diverting organic waste has become a new priority for the UK. Changes set to come into force in 2023 will affect households and businesses that produce food waste. The Environment Act aims to make it easier to recycle food waste by introducing separate bins for domestic food waste.

Commercially, the changes mean that “it will be mandatory for companies to separate food waste for collection and send it for recycling, by either composting or anaerobic digestion”. Relevant businesses located in England can learn more about The Environment Act’s implications on their operations here.

Composting at Scale

Community-based compositing schemes have become more popular in recent years. They provide a place for composting bays or bins, that meet the needs of those without an outdoor space. Also, fostering a sense of togetherness, community compositing sites are appearing at farms, community allotments and venues such as schools and churches.

Nurturing the soil as well as aiming to prevent food waste going to landfills, the end product can be used in the same area that it was produced. Often run by volunteers, community-based compositing sites are a cost-effective way to ‘go green’ and turn organic waste into nutrient-rich soil for those who have contributed organic waste to the program.

Food Waste Reduction Technologies

Finally, this innovative approach adopts the philosophy that minimising the amount of organic waste in the first place eases the pressure on the environment.

Three recent developments include:

  • Barcodiscount

Developed by students at the National Taipei University of Technology, these colour-coded stickers change the level of discount shown as they approach the expiry date.

  • Meal Canteen

This French app prevents wasted food in commercial kitchens by giving people the opportunity to pre-order their meals before they arrive. This reduces the amount of organic waste that needs to be disposed of, as the restaurant knows exactly how much of each ingredient to order beforehand.

  • Too Good to Go

Users who download this app can find soon-to-expire foods available from their local stores and eateries. Receiving a discount on the price they would have paid when buying the same food in store, it’s already helping food outlets reduce their food waste.

Embrace the Future … Today

With so many new trends and innovations emerging across the world, the future looks bright for organic recycling.  Now is the time to act and find out more about our anaerobic digestion, oil extraction and waste recycling services. Simply call 01652 637803 or email to speak to our North Lincolnshire team.

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