After the Local Goverment Association (LGA) rejected proposals earlier this year. ReFood a market leader in the disposal of food waste. Is calling for district councils to put in place uniform recycling collections. Including separate ones for food waste in 2019.
“The LGA’s decision was yet another disappointing blow.” said Philip Simpson, commercial director of ReFood. “Our national recycling rate continues to flatline. Which is why we’re urging the Government to see sense and reconsider this as a priority.”
The proposals, initially put forward by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. Called on the Government to intervene. And to change the ‘barmy mess’ of non-uniform local approaches. Into a nationally consistent service.
The LGA, rejected the proposals. Claiming “eight out of ten people are happy with the way their local council collects rubbish”.
Philip said: “Householders may be ‘happy’ with existing kerbside systems. But the reality is that these systems are unfit for purpose.”
The UK currently has 150 different collection schemes. With many local councils locked into long-term waste contracts. The LGA suggested that a move to a national system would be a “sensitive issue” for these councils. Many of whom would perceive it as handing over their powers to central government. ReFood says.
ReFood, says that local authorities in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Have all implemented some form of “mandated national system”. From which they are already reaping “financial and environmental benefits”.
“We have to learn from this best practice and stop putting our heads in the sand,” Philip said. “Local councils in England don’t offer the best solutions – they offer the cheapest. If we’re to stand any chance of meeting our strict recycling targets. We need to rethink collection uniformity.”
UK households throw away more than seven million tonnes of food waste every year. According to ReFood, food waste forms the majority of municipal waste collections.
“Why send such a valuable resource to landfill? At ReFood, we turn waste food into renewable energy and sustainable biofertiliser. Which closes the food supply chain. Generating enough energy to power more than 55,000 homes nationwide.”
“A uniform solution would work if we approached the transition correctly. Consumer polling and local council sensitivities aren’t adequate excuses either. Doing the right thing should always be the priority.” said Philip Simpson.