Encourage Compostable Packaging
I appreciate I have a vested interest here but the current Welsh strategy of recycling problematic petrol based plastics is a part solution to a big problem.
I own a Welsh company that researches and creates plant based alternatives to environmentally harmful petrol based plastics and the current waste collection system is not fit to deal with the obvious solution to an unnatural problem by using a natural solution.
The Council should be encouraging its waste collection partners to do what they are doing in Ireland, Australia and Canada in 2022 and have a full Anerobic Digester system that utilises plant based packaging and converts it into compost that benefits the environment that it is disposed of in.
We currently only use AD for Energy for Waste but this last missing stage is crucial as it's reduces the carbon saving from using food waste and plant based packaging being used as a replacement for chemical fertilisers.
I appreciate the Councils are being advised by policy from the Senedd but it is the wrong policy and other nations have already made huge environmental benefits from using plant based materials.
The argument we here is that it doesn't work in AD but this is only true in the UK , there is examples like the one below where they are using Alkaline and AD facilities to create power and to create compost.
To sum up , I think all Councils need to look at how it deals with it's waste and it needs to follow the examples of other countries that are using food waste and plant based packaging to make a positive impact on the environment.
Something to be aware of replacing a PET bottle with a corn based PLA saves 72.97kg per box and that doesn't include the benefits from not using chemical fertilisers and not extracting peat for use in compost.
Why the contribution is important
It's an easy win and it can save millions of tonnes of carbon ( not including what is saved by not using chemical fertilisers and extracting peat).
A small change would keep us up with Ireland who are moving in this direction.
If the Council is interested in finding out about how huge a difference a small change to how we process food waste and packaging, please get in touch because we can provide you with all the research you need.
by thepureoption on November 09, 2020 at 01:01PM