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How the food and drink industry can turn £508m landfill tax into resource

This year the UK’s biggest dedicated anaerobic digestion (AD) and biogas event, UK AD & Biogas 2013 (3-4 July, NEC Birmingham), will highlight the significant contribution that anaerobic digestion can make to the bottom-line of food and drink businesses, potentially helping the industry to divert 5.76m tonnes of food waste from landfill each year, which would save £508m per year in landfill costs alone.

Free to attend, this two-day event organised by the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA) will show food manufacturers, processors, retailers and those in the hospitality sector why it makes financial sense to integrate AD into their business or get their food waste collected separately and sent for treatment through AD, including how to design and implement collection systems that work for their business, valuing their food waste feedstock, managing on-going operations and discussing how to make best use of the outputs from an AD plant.

With over 240 exhibitors, 24 conference sessions, 22 seminars and workshops, plus one-to-one professional farming, finance, feedstock, planning, permitting and legal advice clinics, this year’s trade show is a little different.

Dean Pearce, Regional Account Manager, PDM Group said:

Landfill capacity is dwindling fast and disposal costs are rising so businesses and local authorities will eventually have no other choice than to work to more sustainable solutions. Food waste collections have an important part to play in a zero-to-landfill waste strategy and, in the context of food waste as a resource, in terms of its potential to produce nutrients, heat and energy. Events like this are doing an outstanding job of bringing the industry and its stakeholders together on these key issues and highlighting how AD can form part of the solution.

Claire Kneller, Special Adviser – Infrastructure Development, WRAP, said:

I’m pleased to confirm that WRAP will once again be exhibiting at UK AD & Biogas in July, as well as participating in the conference programme. We have always found the trade show to be an excellent opportunity to meet with our stakeholders from across the AD sector, especially from the food sector and we look forward to seeing you on stand E69 throughout the two days.

Alan Lovell, Chairman, Tamar Energy, headline sponsor of UK AD & Biogas 2013, said:

Tamar Energy is proud to support UK AD & Biogas 2013; it provides the most relevant forum to understand our sector’s evolving context, share challenges, develop insights and solve issues. This year’s event promises to deliver the knowledge and connections –even the inspiration – needed for the AD and biogas sector to continue to achieve its potential.

Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive, ADBA said:

Recent research from The Green Alliance showed that diverting food waste from landfill is worth over a £1bn when you take into account the avoided landfill tax and the value recovered from the renewable energy generated and recycled nutrients and organic matter. Waste food contains critical finite resources that are vital not only to help address food and energy security and wider economic growth, but also the profits and success of each individual business.

Louise Wallace, Commercial Director, ADBA said:

We have designed a theme for each morning and afternoon of the two-day event, looking at the business case, feedstock, technology and operations, and best use of outputs. These will all be explored from different points of view throughout the show in the various knowledge hubs, ensuring that you can find the right information and level of interaction for you and your business.

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