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EU mandatory food waste targets ‘must be adopted by UK’

Capturing food waste

The Anaerobic Digestion & Biogas Association (ADBA) has called on the Government to commit to EU food waste targets after Brexit, as waste reduction measures are approved by MEPs.

Last week, EU ambassadors endorsed an agreement between the Estonian presidency and the European Parliament on new municipal targets under the Waste Framework Directive, including a 50% reduction in food waste by 2030.

Member states will also set up separate food waste collections or compost schemes by 2024 to prevent the material going to landfill.

On 27 February, MEPs on the Parliament’s environment committee also gave their backing. The full Parliament will vote on the measures during its session in Strasbourg on 16-18 April.

ADBA called on the UK Government to sign up to the targets “irrespective of its future relationship with the EU”.

Chief executive Charlotte Morton said: “Given the current embarrassingly low recycling rates seen in England, the Government should adopt these targets irrespective of its future relationship with the EU, because they would provide financial, environmental, employment and health benefits through better use of resources and reduced greenhouse gas emissions from landfill.

“ADBA has repeatedly called for the Government to follow the successful examples of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in rolling out mandatory separate food waste collections. The setting of ambitious recycling targets like those proposed by the EU would make such a change even more of a no-brainer than it is now.”

Readers' comments (2)

  • With Food Waste quantities having already dropped by 25% the over-capacity here in Anaerobic Digestion of Food waste is a farce.

    All that needs to be done is ask the Regional Water Companies to take it in and then it is solved.

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  • What about in areas where contractually this doesn't work? There are many areas where there are other commitments in place (MBT, EfW etc.). I can understand the sector association pushing for it but lets hope we get some joined up thinking.

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