Coalition calls for mandatory separate collection of food waste in England

A coalition of over 40 businesses, trade bodies and local authorities have called on the UK Government to introduce mandatory separate collections of food waste in England.

The group, which includes Novamont, Ecosurety, Greenpeace and supermarket chain Iceland, is asking that the upcoming Resources and Waste Strategy contain measures to bring England in line with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, where the collection of household food waste by councils is mandatory.

It is stated that food waste collections would not only boost flagging recycling rates in England but would have ongoing benefits for renewable energy production, waste reduction, soil health (through composting), job creation and more.

Despite Brexit, the UK has indicated it will remain obligated to the EU Circular Economy Package, which states that all members must introduce food waste services by the end of 2023.