Food recycling for Local Authorities

Severn Trent Green Power works with 50+ UK local authorities, recycling over a quarter of a million tonnes of domestic post-consumer food waste each year. We provide a competitive, reliable and sustainable long term service to support councils with achieving their food waste goals.

The UK has some extremely challenging recycling targets to meet. Food waste segregation is high on the Government’s agenda and has been identified as a key target in the future waste strategy and consistency of collections guidance.

WRAP recently published its framework for greater consistency in household recycling for England. This work, which involved extensive modelling, estimated that about 75% of councils would benefit financially from introducing one of the three collection models they recommended, all of which included separate weekly food waste collections.

We are proud to provide local authority customers with:

  • Robust and reliable outlets for recycling food, green and commingled food and green wastes to meet PAS110 and PAS100 standards
  • Competitive and sustainable pricing
  • Guaranteed off-take of materials and robust contingency options
  • Collaborative working and community engagement initiatives to help increase capture rates
  • A Zero to Landfill guarantee
  • Transparent recycling routes that prove “food waste to renewable energy”

Our local authority team have direct experience of working for and with local government so have an in depth understanding of the complexities of changing, implementing and managing recycling collection systems.

Our customers include Oxfordshire County Council, Hertfordshire County Council, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Central Wales Waste Partnership and many others. Hear what they have to say here.

All of our AD facilities accommodate a wide variety of delivery vehicles. These include:

  • 3.5t tippers
  • Refuse collection vehicles from 7.5t–26t, including those with side tipping pods and split bodies
  • Roll on - roll off skips, including wagon and drag
  • Skip vehicles
  • Tipping and walking floor bulkers
  • Curtain siders
  • Compactors


Local authority collected food waste can be presented naked, in cornstarch or plastic liners. We'd be delighted to discuss the various options with you.


We understand that even the best communication strategies cannot prevent contamination from householders entering the waste stream.

All of our AD sites have robust front end de-packaging systems capable of removing significant volumes of contamination (up to 20% of the incoming waste stream). In over 13 years operating experience, processing over 500,000 tonnes, we have never rejected a local authority collected food waste load.

While our AD facilities can cope with highly contaminated loads, the contamination we remove is classed as recovered rather than recycled. Thus we work with local authorities to minimise contamination, to support them in maximising recycling rates.

In working with 50+ local authorities, we have extensive experience of different collection methodologies. There is strong evidence that encouraging the use of caddy liners (cornstarch or plastic) can increase capture rates. If residents are provided with liners, capture rates can be increased by as much as 80%.

Our approach to Compliance and Corporate and Social Responsibility is detailed and committed, learn more about this here.

All of Severn Trent Green Power’s AD facilities hold the required operating permits, licences and procedures to underpin safe and compliant operations. We are happy to share these with our customers for Duty of Care and auditing purposes; they can be downloaded on each of the facility pages found here: Where We Operate.

We are ISO accredited and have various other awards and accreditations; learn more here.

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