The food waste recycling industry has urged the Government to fast-track funds for separate collections by local authorities.
This would save more than £1bn in operational costs by 2050, according to the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA), and deliver environmental benefits equivalent to taking 750,000 cars off the road for a year.
It wrote to exchequer secretary to the Treasury Robert Jenrick and communities secretary James Brokenshire to alert them to the need for councils to get additional money to launch separate food waste collections as envisaged in its resources and waste strategy.
ADBA said the best estimate of the cost of introducing separate collections were from figures produced by Defra showing that around £20m a year would be needed during a 10-to-15-year period
ADBA chief executive Charlotte Morton said: “We warmly welcomed the Government’s commitment to universal separate food waste collections, but we know from conversations with local authorities that they need certainty that they will be supported to implement this policy, given the competing pressures on their budgets.
“ADBA is therefore calling on the Government to make funding available to authorities for food waste collections as quickly as possible so the economic and environmental benefits can be realised as quickly as possible.”