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Environmental support for food waste disposers
The Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management (CIWEM) has issued a Policy Position Statement supporting the use of food waste disposers in the management of food waste from kitchens.
In an update to its policy position, the CIWEM has highlighted the fact that in-sink FWDs are an environmentally acceptable option for separating food waste at source and conveying it to treatment and use via existing infrastructures.
The CIWEM argues that in addition to providing energy, anaerobic digestion conserves the nutrients from the waste, using the digestate on land to help maintain soil organic matter and to complete nutrient cycles.
The CIWEM is a professional body that plans, protects and cares for the environment and its resources, providing educational opportunities, independent information to the public and advice to government.
However, FWD are discussed as a food waste management option rather than a 'one-size' fits all solution. Home composting and kerbside collection are alternative solutions for dealing with food waste.
"We are extremely encouraged that the CIWEM's assessment supports the use of food waste disposers, and this is a fantastic move for our category," says Ashley Munden, Sales & Marketing Director for leading food waste disposal manufacturer, InSinkErator.
"Almost a quarter (22%) of all rubbish thrown away is food waste so the adoption of FWDs can help to be a step towards reducing the amount of biodegradable waste disposed in landfill, thereby meeting the directives set out in the EU Landfill Directive."
InSinkErator UK, a division of Emerson, is a global manufacturer of food waste disposers.
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25th February 2011