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Policy and Technology


We are at a pivotal moment of waste policy with the imminent release of the outcome of the consistency consultation and the rollout of separate food waste collections. The industry faces a number of challenges as part of this rollout, including regional capacity levels, concerns around feedstock security in conjunction with the GGSS timeframe, and a need to reduce plastic contamination in digestate.

Suggested aims:

  • To facilitate industry response to the rollout of separate food waste collections
  • To address capacity concerns and facilitate industry response to separate food waste collections for the benefit of the AD industry so as to not promote over development leading to unfavourable market conditions
  • To facilitate valorisation of digestate by tackling one of the key factors inhibiting its uptake – plastic, and work towards the elimination of plastics being spread to land via digestate
  • To disseminate developments in understanding on plastics contamination and understand the implications for the industry
  • To coordinate ADBA’s response to food-waste policy consultations
  • To identify and promote best practise from across the industry, highlighting strong local authority/operator relationships and technological best practise
  • To tackle front-end contamination through cross-party collaboration
  • To help deliver ADBA’s contribution to WRAP’s Organic Roadmap
  • To mobilise funding to enable plants to install technologies to remove plastic contamination

Suggested deliverables:

  • Contribute to the WRAP Organics Roadmap obligations i.e., develop guidance for waste collection operators maintaining quality for commercial food waste collections
  • Communication of any relevant developments in scientific understanding of plastics
  • Publication of an ADBA position on compostable and biodegradable packaging (e.g., in line with the Plastic Planet report and requirements under the WRAP Organics Roadmap)
  • Development of a repertoire of best-practise case studies where operators, businesses, local authorities, and waste producers have worked together to drive best-practise
  • Submit a proposal to BSI for the development of a digestible standard


Mark Richmond


Econward Tech, Cannington Enterprises, FM Bioenergy, Grissan, Severn Trent Green Power, WRM Ltd., Stopford, BioteCH4, Alps Ecoscience, Willen Biogas

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