This report looks at the key factors influencing the market for organic waste over the past year or so; movements in prices; and the environmental benefits from dealing with organic waste sustainably.

Key points

  • 20%: The average annual growth in the amount of organic waste composted over the past 5 years.
  • 300kWh: The amount of energy that can be generated by anaerobically digesting one tonne of food waste.

This report looks at the key factors influencing the market for organic waste over the past year or so; movements in prices; and the environmental benefits from dealing with organic waste sustainably.

In addition, the special report investigates the issues around the growth in food waste processing.

Overview

Key themes to emerge from the organic waste sector in the last year are:

  • Kerbside collections accounted for the majority of organic material recovered from the municipal waste stream for the first time
  • Food waste collections have grown rapidly, and are expected to continue to do so as higher landfill tax rates make alternative disposal routes for food waste look more financially attractive
  • Prices for compost products have been stable, but historically high prices for chemical fertilisers and soil improvers could support compost prices going forward.

You can download the full report using the following link below.

Contents

Market analysis

  • Organic waste arisings and management in the UK 
  • The UK composting industry
  • End markets for composts
  • Prices
  • Quality Protocols and Standards for organic materials
  • Capital costs of composting
  • The environmental benefits of composting
  • The challenges facing the composting industry
  • Background on composting and anaerobic digestion

Special report: Food waste processing and anaerobic digestion

  • Composting vs. anaerobic digestion
  • Markets for the products of AD
  • Conclusions

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