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English food waste plan launched

An action plan to drive food waste recycling in England has been launched.

The Food Waste Recycling Action Plan was developed by local authorities, waste treatment operators, private sector waste collectors and industry bodies, and aims to increase the amount of food waste collected and recycled by promoting greater collaboration.

The plan’s five action points are:

  • developing the business case
  • optimising food waste collections
  • communicating with householders and commercial food waste producers
  • ensuring quality as well as quantity
  • making contracts work

Each action is assigned to a lead body responsible for co-ordinating its delivery

Resources minister Rory Stewart (below) said: “The growth of food waste recycling in the UK is a real success story, but more can be done.

”I welcome the action plan, showing how, by working together, industry, the Government, businesses and local authorities can drive up the amount of unavoidable, inedible food waste that is recycled, helping our environment and boosting our economy.”

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Chair of the steering group, Resource Association chief executive Ray Georgeson, said: “We have produced a succinct and realistic action plan, which is the industry’s collective response to the barriers holding back growth in food waste recycling. I look forward to seeing us use these actions to deliver tangible change.”

New WRAP chief executive Marcus Gover said: “The action plan recognises the shared interests and common benefits to collecting and recycling more of the food waste we can’t prevent and avoid.

“This can only be realised by the sector working together. The plan provides the road map for industry to do just that, and I urge everyone to take a look at it and see what they can do.”

Steve Lee, chief executive of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, said: “Food waste recycling is the next important step in terms of improving recycling performance and capturing the important resource value in this waste stream.

”It is clear to us that greater partnership working and collaboration across the supply chain is the way forward and we look forward to leading on some of the next stage work outlined in the plan.”

Jeremy Jacobs, Renewable Energy Association technical director, said: ”Although this plan will assist greatly in delivering increased collection of food waste, if we are to make the necessary step change, a mandate from central Government is required.

“Any action from the Government would need to ensure that all local authorities are provided with adequate funding to roll out food waste collections so that, like Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, England too can make better use of this valuable resource.”

Charlotte Morton, chief executive of the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association, said the plan “sets out a series of practical actions which will help increase the capture and recycling of food waste which cannot be eaten”.

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Readers' comments (1)

  • Recycling food waste is good but for the sake of the environment I wish more effort was put into preventing food going to waste. Encourage people to buy packaged food if they aren't going to eat it immediately. Packaging keeps food in good condition for longer. Please tell people.
    Jane Bickerstaffe. INCPEN

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