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Labour pledges ‘recycling revolution’

Labour’s shadow Defra secretary Rachael Maskell has announced her party’s “recycling revolution” at its annual conference.

Maskell said Labour would “embrace the circular economy” by reducing waste and not sending it to landfill.

She also mentioned food waste, pledging a new policy framework to reduce the amount thrown away by consumers.

“Unlike the Government, Labour will embrace the circular economy – reducing our consumption, recycling and generating energy from our waste, not turning it over to landfill.

“We all have our part to play in Labour’s recycling revolution.

“We also have a poor relationship with food – where it comes from, what we eat, how much it really costs to produce, how much we need, how much we waste.

“A quarter of adults are overweight or obese, and families put £470 per year of food straight into the bin.

“We will change that relationship with education and labelling, better health interventions and a new food framework.”

In an interview with The Independent earlier this month, Maskell suggested her party backed mandatory food waste collections for councils.

At RWM this month, WRAP launched its Defra-backed voluntary harmonised collections framework. This put forward three options for councils, all of which included separate food waste collections.

Maskell was appointed to her current role in June, after former Labour environment lead Kerry McCarthy joined a mass resignation from Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet.

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