Commercial Waste

MQT on 2006-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2006
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What level of waste is produced annually by London's restaurants and what proportion of this is landfilled? +


Answer for Commercial Waste

Answer for Commercial Waste

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Environment Agency provides statistics regarding commercial waste. The last available data (from 1998) shows that 61,000 tonnes of food waste were produced by London's commercial sector that year, of which around 33 per cent was sent to landfill. More recent EA data is not detailed enough to identity the amount of food waste. This data needs to be treated with caution, as it is out of date and fails to take into account that London has over half of the country's restaurants (and is a growing industry). Restaurant waste offers huge opportunities for composting and as a source of biomass to fuel biogas plants, capable of producing both heat and power, or acting as a source of renewable hydrogen, and I will be coming forward with proposals in the revision of my municipal waste strategy and my wider waste strategy to deal with this waste stream more sustainably.