16.10.15

Tamar Energy is proud to be a steering group member of a new WRAP initiative to improve food waste recycling levels, which has already received Ministerial backing. Work kicked off on the new action plan for food waste recycling last week, when key players from across the industry got together for the inaugural meeting in Birmingham; initiated by resource efficiency experts WRAP. ​ The steering group will shape and deliver the plan; working to identify tangible, industry led actions to maximise the amount of household and commercial food waste collected and recycled in England.

Food waste prevention remains a priority, but despite the UK’s best efforts to minimise food waste there is still seven million tonnes wasted every year by households alone – and there will always be a significant proportion of unavoidable food waste. Increasing the volume of food waste recycled could provide a huge boost to England’s plateauing recycling rates and help the UK deliver on the EU target of 50% recycling by 2020.

Representatives from right across the system, including waste treatment operators, local authorities, private sector waste collectors and industry bodies attended the meeting, demonstrating the industry’s commitment and desire to explore possible solutions that recognise the shared interests of all parties.

Marcus Gover, Director at WRAP, said: “At present, just over 10% of household food waste is captured and recycled. This means that the majority is still ending up in the residual waste stream, which is a costly loss for local authorities and a missed opportunity for food waste recyclers. Keeping it out of landfill and channelling it into recycling is an urgent priority, which is why we need the whole sector to work together - and this is exactly what the new action plan is designed to achieve.”

More information is available on WRAP's website.

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