Why recycle

lettuce_smlWhen food breaks down in landfill sites it creates the greenhouse gas methane. Methane is 20 times stronger than CO2 in terms of greenhouse gases and it can therefore have a bigger impact on climate change. Instead of sending your food waste to landfill, Aardvark Recycling collects it and turns it into high quality compost with the help of up-to-date waste technology. This compost is then used by local environmental improvement projects in deprived parts of London.

Recycling makes the best use of waste materials – including food waste. Businesses can comply with the new government regulations on pre-treatment of waste by recycling and composting. They can also save money by paying less landfill tax because they are recycling more waste materials. The present rate of landfill tax is likely to continue rising as government insists that less and less waste is sent to landfill.

A tonne of food waste deposited in landfill creates three quarters of a tonne of methane.

In 2005, landfill was the largest source of methane emissions in the UK, accounting for 700 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent (Stern Review 2006). One tonne of waste diverted from landfill equates to 720kg of methane avoidance.