Making sure we make use of our food waste recycling opportunities is massively important and will help to reduce the effects of climate change. The recycling of food waste is not just important for at home, but also at work, meaning you can be more sustainable in all aspects of your life.
Many households in the UK do recycle their food waste, however there are also many that don’t. Currently not all local councils and authorities collect food waste to be recycled, but this is soon to change under the UK Government’s Environment Bill. The Bill states that by 2023 all local authorities will need to start collecting food waste for recycling. Therefore, in the next year, the 13.4 million households, whose food waste is collected with the rubbish in their black bins that ends up in landfill, will have their food waste collected separately.
“If food waste were a country, it would be the 3rd largest emitter of
greenhouse gases (after China and the United States).”
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
A recent study has predicted that by 2029, due to the increase in food waste collection, 1.35 million tonnes of food will be collected and will be prevented from reaching landfill. This equates to 1.25 million tonnes of greenhouse gases being prevented from being emitted each year.
For these figures to be accurate however, it is important that we all use our food waste recycling bins properly. We must make sure that we use the correct bins, in order to prevent our unwanted food from becoming waste.
Businesses that work in food supply chains, from farms, food production companies and supermarkets, that have joined the voluntary Courtauld Commitment 2030 have agreed to reduce the amount of food they waste, the greenhouse gases they emit and the amount of water they use.
These food chains must reduce the amount of food they waste by 50%, from the 2007 baseline. Against 2015’s baseline, greenhouse gas emissions must decrease by 50%. To do this work will have to be done to prevent food from becoming waste throughout the food chain. Including from businesses and households.
Wrap, a climate action, non-governmental organisation who work towards tackling the causes of climate change, have put a Food Waste Reduction Roadmap and toolkit together to help businesses within the food industry to halve global food waste per capita under target 12.3 of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This roadmap will help to reduce waste in agriculture, as well as in the manufacturing, the producing, and the selling of food.
Businesses within the food supply chain are encouraged to use this roadmap to its full advantage to efficiently reduce the amount of food waste they produce.