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Food waste treatment programme

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This page outlines the background to the food waste treatment programme and explains how food waste treatment capacity is being procured.

Why treat food waste?

The Welsh Government has made commitments in the "One Wales Delivery Plan" to:

  • sustainable development
  • tackle climate change
  • achieve sustainable energy production and consumption.

Local authorities also have a duty to prevent biodegradable municipal waste from ending up in landfill.

As a result, this programme of investment has been developed. It is forecast that Wales needs access to an additional 140,000 tonnes a year of food waste treatment facilities.

How will the food waste be treated?

We consider that Anaerobic Digestion (AD) technology has a greater potential to have a positive impact on climate change that other food waste treatment technologies.

Anaerobic Digestion can help positively address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and generating renewable energy.  

How will food waste treatment capacity be procured?

We have created a capital and revenue financial support package for local authorities who wish to adopt AD technology.  

Currently, local authorities in Wales are in collaborative procurement hubs to jointly secure food waste treatment capacity. The original procurement strategy and a map showing the configuration of the hubs are available below.