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Collecting food scraps

The problem with this isn\’t that it\’s just a massive expenditure of time, it\’s that it\’s entirely unnecessary.

Every household in the country could soon be required to keep a separate bin for food scraps as a new scheme to reduce landfill is rolled out across the country.

The purported reason for doing this is as follows:

Phillip Ward, of WRAP, added: "Collecting food waste separately is a very effective way of reducing the amount that gets sent to landfill and the environmental damage this causes."

The "environmental damage" done is the release of methane as the food rots. But we collect the methane (most of it) from such rotting and use it to generate power. Thus we have CO2 as the end product.

Now, if it is separately collected and recycled then it is still used to generate methane (most of) which is collected and used to generate energy. The end product is CO2. Plus, of course, all the extra CO2 generated by having a separate collection system for it. Plus the costs and embedded CO2 of the new digesters.

So we have a system which is more expensive and generates more CO2….and this is supposed to help the environment?

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