David Newman

Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association

The role of biodegradable and compostable materials in reducing waste

About David Newman

Currently Managing Director of BBIA and President of the World Biogas Association, was President of the International Solid Waste Association 2012-2016; led the Italian Compost and Biogas Association 2004-2014; as a lobbyist contributed to the EU Directive on Plastic Carrier Bags; has a long history in biowaste management dating to 1998. Previously ran Greenpeace Italy and worked for government, both locally and as Italian Environment Minister Advisor 2013-14. David lives and works from London and acts as Adviser to several companies.

Compostable packaging can play a significant role in avoiding packaging waste by producing materials that can be composted with food. The imperative to separately collect food waste in England as in the devolved nations, becomes therefore not just a question of meeting carbon budgets through renewable energy production, but also higher recycling targets and achieving
waste reduction targets.

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