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Free food waste collection for every household in England

Published: 7 Jan 2019

Free food waste collection for every household in England

Weekly collections of food waste will be made from every household in England as part of a major government strategy to deal with the rubbish crisis.  
 
At the moment only about a third of local authorities collect food waste separately- while UK households throw away about 7 millions of food a year- most of which is edible.  
 
In a wide-ranging overhaul of the waste strategy, businesses will be forced to pay the full cost of recycling or disposing of their packaging waste- compared to just 10 per cent of the cost at the moment and they will also be required to take more responsibility for items that are difficult or expensive to recycle such are cars, electrical goods and batteries.  
 
Futhermore, recycling rules- which vary considerably from one local authority to another- will be made consistent- while a bottle deposit scheme is planned to begin in 2023 to  
increase recycling rates.  
 
Further and Faster 
 
"We will go further and faster, to reduce, reuse and recycle. Together we can move away from being a 'throw-away' society, to one that looks at waste as a valuable resource," said Environment Secretary Michael Gove. 
 
The announcements were broadly welcomed by campaign groups although they said they didn't go far enough in some cases.  
 
"The plans to ensure that companies who create and sell plastic packaging will at last pay for dealing with the consequences are really encouraging," said Greenpeace UK senior oceans campaigner Louise Edge.  
 
"This should be a big help in getting difficult to recycle and expensive plastic packaging off our supermarket shelves, driving better product design and much needed investment in refillable and reusable packaging," she added.  
 
'Too slow'  
 
However, these proposals only enter law in 2023 and there's no reason why it couldn't happen much sooner, she said. Friends of the Earth waste campaigner Julian Kirby added: "At long last the government appears to be getting serious about tackling England's vast mountains of waste." "But there is still too much reliance on voluntary measures and precious little commitment to targets to reduce waste and boost recycling," he said. 
 
Producer pays 
 
Producers will foot the bill for the packaging and some products they create when it is disposed of - either through a direct payment to waste system or in the form of higher prices paid to others in the supply chain. The government hopes that higher product disposal prices will encourage companies to make them more durable. It is also exploring mandatory guarntees and extended warranties on products to design products that last longer and drive up repair and reuse. The government's Resources and Waste Strategy will also seek to clamp down on waste crime, for example by increasing fines and prison sentences for fly tipping. Wales and Northern Ireland already collect food waste from every household while in Scotland most, although not all, have it collected. 
 
Courtesy of The Essential Daily Briefing


Further Information

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