WRAP unveils plans to boost food waste recycling in England

An action plan to boost food waste recycling in England has been unveiled. WRAP’s strategy aims to do that by promoting greater collaboration across the supply chain. It supports local authorities […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

An action plan to boost food waste recycling in England has been unveiled.

WRAP’s strategy aims to do that by promoting greater collaboration across the supply chain.

It supports local authorities already active in food waste recycling by helping them to cost effectively maximise their food waste collections.

It also helps food waste treatment plants play their part in securing the long term supply of waste at a quality required for their operations.

Despite the UK’s efforts, there is still 10 million tonnes of “post-farm gate” food wasted across the country every year and 40% of that could be avoidable, according to WRAP.

However only 1.8 million tonnes are recycled, it added.

Marcus Gover, CEO at WRAP 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.”