Government commits to separate food waste collections in spending review

Government commits to separate food waste collections in spending review

The UK Government’s spending review for 2021-22, announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak today (25 November), emphasised the importance of rolling out ‘consistent’ waste collection systems – including food waste – for all local authorities in England.

Building on the promises of the Environment Bill and Resources and Waste Strategy, in which the British Government has pledged to introduce separate collections for food waste by 2023, this year’s spending review for 2021-22 includes a spending increase of £0.6 billion for Defra.

This will take Defra’s department expenditure limit (DEL) to a total of £5.8 billion for the next year.

The settlement includes fiscal support for increasing recycling and reducing waste, which will allow Defra to progress with extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging waste, introducing a deposit return scheme (DRS) and implementing a consistent waste collection system in all English local authorities.