This year we have chosen to focus on reducing our food waste. We were horrified at the images we were seeing of mountains of food going to waste at the beginning of lock down. There were shortages of certain foods and more people were cooking from scratch. Whatever our situation, we all have to eat and the fact that a third of all food produced around the world goes to waste is just plain wrong.
UK supermarket Tesco has teamed up with behaviour change charity to launch its ‘No Time for Waste Challenge’, which will target the 6.6 million tonnes of food waste generated by UK households each year.
Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has launched a consultation on the future of recycling in the country as it seeks to reach a 65 per cent recycling rate by 2035.
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has urged the government to accelerate the transition to a circular economy as part of a Covid-19 recovery plan that prioritises the climate crisis, reiterating its call for a ban on biodegradable waste to landfill by 2025.
The risk posed to the waste and resources sector by Brexit has increased over the last few months, with the UK falling further behind EU standards and ambition, according to Greener UK’s latest Brexit Risk Tracker.
The government has told local authorities that there will be no flexibility in the recyclable materials that they will be required to collect from households under collections consistency plans, but there may be room for manoeuvre on how those materials are collected.
Vegware, a compostable packaging company, has published interactive guidance to assist caterers get “back to business” and adapt to the socially distanced catering brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.