Local authorities and waste industry companies to work with WRAP to increase food waste recycling
Waste charity Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has last week revealed its dedicated food waste plan which is designed to help England significantly reduce its food waste production.
The plan was unveiled at the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) conference held last week in Birmingham.
According to figures from WRAP, over 10 million tonnes of agriculture and aquaculture food waste is produced each year. Only 1.8 million tonnes of this is recycled, with the remainder ending up at landfill or in incinerators, causing environmental and pollution damage.
The WRAP food waste programme is designed to tackle the issue by helping to increase activity in the ‘waste-to-energy’ industry, which processes recycled waste to create an energy supply for the national grid.
A selection of English councils have opted to treat their municipal waste in just such a ‘waste-to-energy’ plant, resulting in less landfill tax to be paid and cheaper energy prices.
WRAP is also aiming to work together with local authorities to increase food waste collections across the whole of England, as many local authorities currently do not offer a dedicated food waste collection service.
The new food waste plan has been developed by WRAP alongside waste industry firms, waste treatment firms and English local authorities.
The minister for the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs, Rory Stewart, has spoken about his support for the WRAP food waste programme, saying that more needs to be done to tackle the food waste problem.
Mr Stewart commented: “I welcome the action plan, showing how by working together, industry, government, businesses and local authorities can drive up the amount of unavoidable, inedible food waste that is recycled, helping our environment and boosting our economy.”
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