Food waste has been included with other general waste materials for some time, and with clear evidence of long-lasting damaging effects on our environment, it is certainly a timely amendment to the UK Environmental Act 2021. We will see mandatory food waste collections across England and Wales being introduced to every home and workplace, that’s likely to have 10 staff or more. Scotland legislated the separation of food waste in 2016.
The UK produces a huge amount of food waste every year, with WRAP (waste recourse action programme) reporting 9.5 million tonnes of food waste each year, most of which was either landfilled or incinerated. WRAP calculate this will have caused 25 million tonnes of harmful Greenhouse Gases to be released from UK landfills. WRAP also calculated that 6.5 million tons of the food waste produced could have been eaten. This is why food Re-Distribution is an essential stage of food waste management, one that Modus Food Waste Recycling includes in their service.
What is food waste?
Food Waste, or Food Loss is food that has been lost, wasted or uneaten at various stages of the food supply chain beginning