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ADBA: Are you profiting from food waste?

06 June 2012

In recognition of the challenges faced by businesses who may be interested in AD, ADBA has dedicated an entire day's conference programme at UK AD & Biogas 2012, the UK's only AD and biogas trade show, to the issues faced by those dealing with food waste

Moving resources up the waste hierarchy is a huge challenge, given the constraints that businesses face. The task is made even more difficult by inconsistency in central Government policy drivers on food waste, and their lack of strategic vision for the future. Despite last year's Waste Review, there is little actual policy guidance on how waste should be treated.

Typically decisions on waste treatment for business have been driven by the escalation of landfill tax, which has been relatively successful at least in diverting waste from landfill. However, the lack of Government strategy is frustrating attempts to build an infrastructure to support the best use of resources, the UK's ability to meet its legally binding climate change targets and even keeping the lights on.

For food waste producers, the Waste Review recognised that the greatest environmental benefit comes from treating the waste through Anaerobic Digestion (AD). In recognition of the challenges faced by businesses who may be interested in AD, the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA) has dedicated an entire day's conference programme at UK AD & Biogas 2012, the UK's only AD and biogas trade show, to the issues faced by those dealing with food waste.

The 'Getting Value from Your Food Waste' conference day on 4 July 2012, is a must-attend event for any business with responsibility for collecting or treating food waste. Lord Deben, Chair of the "Visionary Panel" for food waste, has been invited to discuss the role that AD can play in diverting food waste from landfill and the wider environmental benefits that AD can deliver through the sustainable intensification of food production.

Sessions follow on collection and offsite treatment - covering food waste collections for businesses and case studies from businesses already doing this successfully - and Integrating AD for the Food and Drink Industry, which will review technology options, what to do with digestate and again case studies giving you first-hand examples.

This year's conference has been designed to showcase the business case for incorporating this technology into your business, to offset energy costs, reduce waste treatment and transport costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

AD's flexibility allows it to treat different organic feedstocks: liquid by-products from breweries or distilleries, vegetable off cuts, abattoir waste and much more. Different collection and treatment mechanisms are needed for different wastes, and to maximise the outputs of the process these need to be tailored to the needs of your business to realise their true value.

AD can support business growth and the UK economy whilst remaining within the financial and other constraints which businesses face. Alongside the conference, the UK AD & Biogas 2012 show is the perfect place to meet over 200 potential suppliers and other businesses associated with the growing anaerobic digestion and biogas sector.

UK AD & Biogas 2012 (4-5 July, NEC) 'AD: Your Missing Link' features:
* A two-day exhibition showcasing 200+ exhibitors
* A two-day conference including one-day dedicated to Getting Value from your Food Waste covering issues faced by business dealing with food waste
* 22 free seminars and workshops
* NEW: Free professional clinics feature area
* Over 70% off conference rates for food and drink manufactures/processors/retailers
* NEW: The first UK AD & Biogas Industry Awards, 4 July - including 'Best integration of AD into a food & drink business' award
* Site visits on 3 July

Free exhibition entry for food and drink manufactures/processors/retailers and great reductions on conference tickets (from £80 ex VAT):
* Food Processing readers receive free entry* to the exhibition when pre-registering on www.adbiogas.co.uk entering the discount code GEN3269
* Are you a food or drink manufacturer/processor/retailer? Then please contact matthew.ireland@adbiogas.co.uk for your unique discount code for heavily discounted rates to the conference (from £80 ex VAT) and free entry to the exhibition before registering. Please visit www.adbiogas.co.uk to pre-register with your code once you have it.
* Please note that this does not include free entry to the conference.


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