Fast-moving consumer goods firm Unilever and charity Hubbub have reported a strong response to a call for individuals and organisations to help co-ordinate a new domestic food waste manifesto aimed at moving the issue up the political agenda.
The manifesto will be the basis of lobbying at the Conservative and Labour conferences later this month to highlight food recycling in the UK.
As part of the plan, Hubbub and Unilever are seeking experts to help them define what role the Government should play in helping to raise food waste recycling, and have received more than 150 responses so far.
The manifesto will ask whether the Government should do more or take a hands-off approach to food waste recycling, provide clarification around use-by date labels on food, and whether more should be done centrally to promote the waste hierarchy.
Writing on the 2 degrees network, Hubbub founder Trewin Restorick said: “Confusion is the message I constantly hear about waste reduction and recycling in the UK.
“Across the country we are faced with a mass of different recycliing facilities and a plethora of messages about what can be recycled in each locality. It is little wonder that in England overall recycling rates have become stuck and food is still being wasted.
“Your input will be used to create a food waste manifesto that will be taken to the Conservative and Labour party conferences.”