Unfortunately, salad bags are often left to rot in UK household’s fridges. They are typically bought without a meal in mind, which is why they’re wasted. It’s estimated that around 40% of green leafy salads are thrown away every year, making it the most wasted food. Thankfully, food waste collection is widely available nowadays, but bagged salad wastage still remains high.
One other reason for the high statistic is down to the packaging. The current packaging isn’t suitable for the leaves, as it allows them to fall out easily and wilt. Britain’s supermarkets have made attempts to prevent this with resealable bags, and thicker film material. This has resulted in a lower number of food wastage, and therefore a reduced strain on food waste collection services. Along with this, wonky veg accounts for a lot of food waste. The reason for this is due to food standards, and what’s attractive enough to sell in shops. However, wonky fruit and vegetables is usually put through food waste recycling processes now; producing compost and fertilisers. Additionally, supermarkets have been carrying out campaigns for those who don’t mind purchasing ‘unattractive’ veg.
None of this would have been possible without waste management company encouragement, who witness the vast numbers of waste every year. Their reports, along with the public’s concern, helped shape this reality. By the end of the year, deformed fruit and vegetables stacked on shelves will be a common sight for consumers.
Reducing bagged salad waste is only the beginning, as other future goals include halving all food waste by 2030. The main goal is not only to reduce waste, but to also increase food waste recycling. So, if any food remains untouched and left to rot, food waste collection services can be relied on anyway. Having waste management company services in all areas of the UK would mean waste is reduced by 70% a year. Following this target is why Wales have pledged recently to half food waste by 2025. Now this is encouraging all environment secretaries to do the same, though they’re setting more ambitious targets.
Keeping the above in mind, Scotland want to achieve a treatment solution for the country. One waste management company aims to process food waste using their knowledge and technology, while one other collects this recycled waste to produce electricity. This food waste recycling will produce 18 million kilowatt hours of electricity for the country. This seemingly will be greatly successful as vehicles will complete rounds of waste collection; ensuring a convenient, cost effective answer for businesses. Not only will it be convenient for businesses and households, but good for our planet.
The future of green energy production looks bright, especially through recycling food waste. However, everyone needs to take these practices on board to secure a green world for future generations. So, if governments and local authorities maintain the pace for targets, we can expect an improved cycle for supermarkets, businesses, households and recycling centres. Thus, a better and greener planet for all.
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