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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 86, May 2019

Category: feedstocks
Published: 16/05/2019
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock sector.


Although any and all waste should ideally be avoided by adhering to the waste hierarchy, of which prevention is the top priority, one such source of waste has become a high priority for governments (if not necessarily so much for the general public). Food waste is a particularly important issue on may fronts: obviously any wasted food should either have not been produced at all, or should have gone to those in need. Worse still, food waste that ends up in landfill produces methane gas as it decomposes, a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Food waste also presents a useful feedstock for composting or for anaerobic digestion, and so in truth any food waste ending up in landfill is largely a result of poor policy or bad practice in the modern economy, such is the array of options available for dealing with it. Duly, many governments, both national and regional are beginning to tackle the problem of food waste through policy..........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • UK pledges to reduce food waste
  • New York State passes landmark food waste bill
  • Irish peat cofiring plant comes under fire​


  • UK runs coal-free for a week
  • VAT to increase for biomass boiler installations​

Research & Development

  • Wood fibres used to produce novel packaging material
  • Canada invests in development of bioeconomy strategy
  • Calls for registry of gene-edited crops
  • US institute to study woody biomass logistics​

Wood & Crop

  • Corn kernel ethanol plants approved
  • UK waste wood processor acquires mobile shredder
  • Genetic discovery to boost pest resistance in wheat​

Other Feedstocks

  • Scotland launches Food Waste Action Plan
  • Novel paperboard for drinks cups​


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