WRAP encourages access to food waste de-packaging information

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has produced a 'Review of Food Waste De-packaging Equipment' to promote its application in waste management systems.

Posted on 11 August 2009

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has produced a 'Review of Food Waste De-packaging Equipment' to promote its application in waste management systems.
 
Packaged food waste is notoriously difficult to process as methods for separating organic waste from its packaging can be inefficient. De-packaging technology is important as it enables anaerobic digestion (AD) and in-vessel composting (IVC) operators to accept larger quantities of food waste from food manufacturers and retailers and convert it into significant amounts of biogas, fertiliser and compost.
 
The ‘Review of Food Waste De-packaging Equipment’ provides detailed specifications and information on technologies currently available from several different companies, and provides contact details for many more.
 
Richard Swannell, Director of Retail and Organics at WRAP, said:

“Food waste processors have found that recycling packaged food waste has been a problem in the past.  However, this report highlights that there is now a wide selection of de-packaging equipment on the market.

“By compiling this information into a simple online format, we hope to encourage IVC and AD operators, and retailers and food manufacturers alike to consider how this technology could benefit them.”  
 
The report can be accessed online at www.wrap.org.uk/depackaging

Posted under Environmental Technologies and Renewable Energy, Waste Management and Food and Drink on 11 August 2009