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.

https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/powering-campus-using-food-waste

http://www.cre.ie/web/#:~:text=Established%20in%202001%2C%20Cr%C3%A9%20%28which%20is%20the%20Irish,organisations%2C%20dedicated%20to%20growing%20the%20biological%20treatment%20sector.

https://www.suez.co.uk/en-gb/our-offering/communities-and-individuals/education-tools-and-resources/what-happens-to-waste/food-and-garden-waste/anaerobic-digestion

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

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  • Posted by VeronikaBTorfaenCouncil November 09, 2020 at 14:43

    Thanks for sending us this information. Definitely something to think a bit more about.
  • Posted by CAJacob November 11, 2020 at 15:17

    I have campaigned to support compostable packaging and have visited town centre food outlets with samples, with members from Friends of the Earth. I appreciate that it isn't a matter which the local council can manage on its own and does require Welsh Government policy, but the thing that persuades me most of all, is that composatable packaging is made from waste plant material from food production, such as sugar, and is completely non-toxic, so however it ends up in the environment, it will decompose without leaving poisonous material which can seep into water, soils or air.
  • Posted by thepureoption November 12, 2020 at 09:03

    Which is why we are 100% certain along with the Canadians, Irish and Australians that it is the perfect natural solution to the unnatural problem of petrol based packaging.
  • Posted by ceriregan December 05, 2020 at 07:27

    I have read this with great interest - surely this is a no-brainer? This is the perfect natural solution to a HUGE problem that we need to start tackling asap.
  • Posted by Carole December 06, 2020 at 09:10

    Unless there is a complete shift (maybe via a hefty tax levy) we are sadly unlikely to see manufacturers change their approach to packaging. Ideally the removal of all non-recyclable packaging would be the first step in recovering from the mountains of waste packaging which would ultimately reduce the amount of energy the council has to spend in recycling our waste.

    Following on from the removal, or at least significant reduction of packaging, there is also the issue of the recycling of the waste of food that is often packed in these non-recyclable packages. Waste food is one of the largest contributors to methane gasses and these gasses are known to be harmful to our environment. It has been mentioned about Anaerobic Digester Systems in Ireland, Australia and Canada but we can look a little closer to home as Bristol are already doing this and using the energy produced to create electricity for homes in the area. Maybe TCBC could initially consider using that energy to run their buildings before calculating its viability for the wider public?

    In this era, we need to accept it may appear to be a costly outlay but can we really afford to weigh the planet up against the initial monetary cost?
  • Posted by thepureoption December 07, 2020 at 09:48

    Things have changed with regards to methane from food waste as the modern move to Energy from Waste (EFW) has meant that methane is no longer the problem it once was and in certain countries they have started adding alkalines to food waste to create more methane for energy generation.
    We have the technology to make a difference , the only thing we lack is the will.
    Using council waste to generate electricity makes environmental sense and has a potential financial benefit for the Council.
    https://www.sciencedirect.c[…]nd%20inhibit%20methanogens.
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