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Leader 24th November 2011
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Dr Goodwin, commenting on the food waste figures, said that the fall in household food waste since 2006/07 from 8.3 million tonnes to 7.2 million tonnes per year was very welcome and probably due to a range of factors. However, there was a big job still to be done given the food we waste in homes alone is worth £12bn a year, and food wasted throughout the supply chain was 'significant' at a time when food security was a major global issue.
She also announced the results of the first major research into the benefits of greater reuse of materials such as textiles. This showed, she said, that there would be significant gains for both UK jobs and the environment through reusing goods and services more, rather than just throwing them away.
Food waste, recycling services for businesses and encouraging greater reuse of scarce resources will be the top priorities for WRAP over the next three years and I for one am hoping that the organisation has as much success in these areas as it has in its most recent projects.
I'm also pleased that its researchers are not the only ones on the case.
Last week I read that the kinetic energy created when vehicles are driven over those awful sleeping policemen, (road humps) designed to slow traffic in built up areas, is being harnessed and put to good use. This week I read that studies are underway to see if the fat which gets vacuumed out of overweight people's bellies and thighs during liposuction, could be transformed into heart cells.
Now that's what I call recycling!
24th November 2011