Action plan to boost England’s food waste recycling unveiled

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The first action plan designed to increase the amount and quality of food waste collected in England has been launched.

Aimed at both food waste from households and commercial premises, the Food Waste Recycling Action Plan was developed by local authorities, waste treatment operators, private sector waste collectors and industry bodies.

It aims to promote greater collaboration across the supply chain to improve collection of food waste.

WRAP chief executive Marcus Gover said: “Preventing food waste sits at the heart of what WRAP does, but after we’ve done all we can to prevent and redistribute it, the focus has to shift to recycling. There are significant volumes of food waste still ending up in the residual waste stream. This is a massive loss of resources.

“The action plan recognises the shared interests and common benefits to collecting and recycling more of the food waste we can’t prevent and avoid. This can only be realised by the sector working together. The plan provides the road map for industry to do just that and I urge everyone to take a look at it and see what they can do.”