The UK’s food waste figures are heading in the right direction, but there’s still more to do, writes WRAP Special Advisor Helen White. A few weeks back, our new data revealed that the amount of food we waste in the UK is finally falling, at a rate of 7% per person. In the last three years, there has been an almost half-a-million-tonne reduction in total UK food waste – enough to fill the Royal Albert Hall 10 times over.
Happy New Year! Not quite sure what the rules are for when to stop saying that, but as I was away for New Year, it still feels pretty relevant to me, plus this is my first news piece of 2020. It was also the Chinese New Year on 25th Jan and so we are now in the Year of the Rat.
In the UK, ten million tonnes of food are wasted every year, with around 70 per cent of that coming from our homes. Clearly the greatest effort should be made to reduce the level of surplus food discarded in the first place. However, when food needs to be thrown-away ...
Defra’s announcement just before Christmas ended speculation on the future of the WEEE Distributor Take-back Scheme (DTS). For the moment, it’s business as usual, but the relative lull gives local authorities the space to reflect on future plans and the potential implications of the government decision to exclude large retailers from the scheme in 2021.
The UK Plastics Pact is a trailblazing, collaborative initiative creating a circular economy for plastics in the UK.