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DAY 1: 11th JULY

We now know that if food loss and waste were a country, it would be the third largest greenhouse gas emitter after the USA and China. Separate food waste collections in urban areas could bring a much-needed reduction in these harmful emissions whilst bringing more feedstock to the AD industry, to generate green gas and biofertiliser for their inhabitants. City authorities and municipalities around the world are increasingly recognising the need to collect and treat food waste but putting in place separate food waste collections can cost money. How can we ensure that separate food waste collections save money so that every local authority can implement these collections and deliver the required reduction in methane emissions?

Could governments or industry provide support to local authorities to make urban separate food waste collection financially viable? What funding schemes are most successful around the world? What sort of policies are driving food waste recycling worldwide? Are taxes on incineration, pay-as-you throw systems or mandatory collections useful policy mechanisms?


  • Case study of post F/W legislations effects in Scotland
    Adrian Bond, Programme Manager: Recycling, Zero Waste Scotland 
  • Sharing the costs and benefits of increasing the capture of household food waste.
    Mike Gardner, Local Authority Account Manager, WRAP
  • Economical sustainability of collection schemes for foodwaste/Biowaste in Cities, a focus on a medium City (Parma, Italy)
    Marco Ricci, Senior Project Manager, CIC
  • Demonstrating savings for local government with AD
    Peter Jones, Senior consultant, Eunomia Research & Consulting Ltd
  • C40’s lobbying activities
    Ricardo Cepeda-Márquez, Technical Lead – Food, Water & Waste Programme, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
  • Patrick Serfass, Executive Director, American Biogas Council

Once the necessary policies and funding are in place, what is the best way to set up an efficient collection system? What is needed to start a system, and what is the implementation time? Which collection practices are the most successful? What are the most effective ways to collect food waste in difficult property types, such as blocks of flats? And how do we get urban residents on-side to ensure high feedstock quality?

This session will seek to answer these questions using case studies to highlight best practice and assess existing solutions.


  • Chair: Councillor Clyde Loakes, Waltham Forest Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment and Chair of Resource London
  • Ingela Morfeldt, Project Manager, VA SYD, Malmö
  • Craig Stephens, Recycle Now Campaign Manager at WRAP, tbc
  • Delivering and promoting a food recycling service
    Stephen Didsbury, Head of Waste Services, London Borough of Bexley
  • James Priestley, MBA, Managing Director of Municipal Division of Renewi plc, tbc
  • Tbc


How effective are food waste collections from businesses such as restaurants and supermarkets? Can we also go further and collect from public facilities such as prisons, schools and hospitals? In this session experts from around the world will look at existing barriers and how we can get everyone in society to separate their food waste.


  • Lesson learned in direct food waste collection trials
    Thomas Minter, Director, Malaby Biogas
  • Mark Baker, Group AD Operations Manager, ReFood, tbc
  • Gary McKinnon, Divisional Director, Hills Waste Solutions, tbc
  • Tbc, Olleco
  • Andy Rees, Head of the Waste Strategy Branch, Welsh Government, tbc
  • Feeding the beast
    James Astor, Chairman, ReGen Holdings
  • Alan Hayes, Strategy and Sustainability Manager, Institute of grocery distributors (IGD), tbc
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