Food waste recycler, ReFood, has joined the Manchester Food Board, in order to help promote better waste management in the City and encourage businesses to divert waste away from landfill.
The Manchester Food Board is a cross sector partnership of public, private and third sector organisations in Manchester who come together to harness the collective energy of the food sector in the City. The board works with partners to provide a strong voice and leadership on the food agenda in Manchester, whilst working on range of commitments to improve health and create a more environmentally sustainable City.
The partnership follows the opening of ReFood’s Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant in Widnes in Summer 2014, a facility that takes food waste from across the North West, including food that’s still packaged, and turns it into renewable energy and bio-fertiliser. The plant represents a £20 million investment in the region and has already processed hundreds of thousands of tonnes of food waste since inauguration.
Trudi Derbyshire, regional sales manager for the North West at ReFood commented:
“Working alongside organisations who are looking to create a more sustainable future has always been important to us. We’re delighted to be involved with this partnership, and to share our expertise about how food waste can be better managed in Manchester and the wider region.”
Councillor Rosa Battle, chair of the Manchester Food Board, said:
“Our commitment to ensure a sustainable future for Manchester is designed to improve the physical, mental and social well-being of Manchester residents. Working with a range of partners and communities across the region, we are determined to make local food better, healthier and more accessible. Reducing avoidable food waste, to ensure that surplus food can be rightly diverted to those in need, is a vital part of this strategy.”
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