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WRAP to devise food waste action plan

WRAP is spearheading an action plan to maximise the amount of household and commercial food waste being collected and recycled in England.

According to the charity, some seven million tonnes of food is wasted by households every year, and capturing more of it would help the UK get to closer to the EU target of 50% recycling by 2020.

WRAP director Marcus Gover said: “Just over 10% of household food waste is captured and recycled. This means that the majority is still ending up in the residual waste stream, which is a costly loss for local authorities and a missed opportunity for food waste recyclers.

“Keeping it out of landfill and channelling it into recycling is an urgent priority, which is why we need the whole sector to work together – and this is exactly what the new action plan is designed to achieve.”

A steering group led by Resource Association chief executive, and former WRAP official, Ray Georgeson has convened, with representatives including waste treatment operators, local authorities, waste collectors and industry bodies.

Resources minister Rory Stewart said: “It is great news that UK homes are throwing away 15% less food than in 2007 and, together with WRAP, we are working with retailers and industry to reduce this even further. But we also need to make sure that, where food waste is unavoidable, it is treated in the most sustainable way.” 

  • Gover writes a special focus on food waste in the next issue of MRW

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