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AD, paper and recycling industries call for separated food waste

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The Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) and the Resource Association have joined a coalition urging the Government to “fast-track” the roll-out of separate food waste collections in England.

The group of more than 40 trade bodies, campaign groups, businesses and local authorities signed a statement simply saying: “We call on the Government to fast track universal food waste collections.”

Ecosurety, the Conferedation of Paper Industries, the Renewable Energy Association and Waste Aid were among those to add their signatures. 

ADBA said it hope the policy would be included in the long-awaited resources and waste strategy.

ADBA added that only around a third of English households currently has food waste collections, compared with Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland which have compulsory collections.

Charlotte Morton, ADBA chief executive, wrote to environment secretary Michael Gove on the issue.

She said: “Fully recycling food waste is vital to allowing the UK to meet its climate-change commitments as well as restoring our soils, managing our wastes, and decarbonising our energy supply.

“ADBA was proud to sign this statement alongside a range of organisations and businesses who share our vision of a society where resources are put to best use and waste is minimised.

“The devolved nations have shown that separate food waste collections work, and the Committee on Climate Change and National Infrastructure Commission have both called for this policy to be implemented in England – what we now need is the political will to make this happen.”

The full list of signatories:


• Absolute Management and Marketing

• A Plastic Planet

• Air Liquide UK

• Aquapak Ltd

• BASF Germany

• Biobag Ltd

• Biome Biotechnologies

• Bio-Based & Biodegradable Industries Association

• Celanese Ltd

• Charlie Trousdell Associates

• Compost Bag Company, Belgium

• Confederation of Paper Industries

• Cromwell Polythene

• Earth Friendly Foodware Ltd

• Ecosurety Ltd

• Ernest R. Shaw Ltd

• Final Straw Cornwall Ltd

• Floreon

• Fuchs Lubricants

• Futamura Ltd

• Greenlane Biogas Ltd

• Greenpeace UK

• Iceland Food Ltd

• KCC Packaging Ltd

• Lutra Ltd

• Natureworks LLC


• Novamont Plc Italy

• Oceanium Ltd

• Rapid Action Packaging UK Ltd

• Renewable Energy Association

• Resource Association

• Severn Trent Green Power

• South Lakeland Council

• Sphere Group

• Sustainable Soils Alliance

• Tipa Israel

• Vegware Ltd

• Waste Aid

• Wigan Council

• World Biogas Association

• Councillors of Stroud District Council: Doina Cornell (Leader) & Paul Denney (Environment Committee)

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