Making Sustainable Cities a Reality

Today Veolia Environmental Services called on the Government to encourage local authorities and businesses across the UK to collect the 7 million tonnes of food waste arising each year. If just half of this waste was collected across the UK it could save up to 350,000 tonnes of CO2 and generate around 700,000 MWh of electricity. That’s enough electricity to power 140,000 homes or equivalent to removing approximately 90,000[1] cars off the road per year 

The move came as part of the company’s 3rd Waste Manifesto: Making Sustainable Cities a Reality examining a range of issues that affect the whole recycling and waste industry. The manifesto explores issues that are affecting businesses, local authorities and communities seeking to achieve the goal of sustainable cities across the UK. 

The report also highlights:

• Mixed material (co-mingled) collections
• The End of Waste criteria
• Renewable energy and district heating
• Management of hazardous waste

Estelle Brachlianoff, Chief Executive of Veolia Environmental Services UK said “We believe the sustainable city dream must now become a reality. Businesses, local authorities and communities should now raise the bar as to what they recycle and understand more what they can do to turn their waste into a resource. This isn’t a short journey but all these goals are within reach and will help the UK reduce carbon emissions year on year.”