Food Waste Recycling Action Plan

Working together to improve the capture, supply and quality of household and commercial food waste

UK households produce 7 million tonnes of food waste every year. Local authorities collect around two thirds of this, the majority of which is in the residual bin but only 10% is being recycled. Meanwhile operators of food waste treatment plants consistently report that a lack of feedstock is a threat to the continuing viability of the industry.

The Food Waste Recycling Action Plan (FWRAP) is being established to increase both the supply and quality of household and commercial food waste to the food waste recycling industry. Building on work carried out by WRAP within the 2014/15 Resource Management Programme, the plan will develop and deliver practical, industry led actions that help operators of food waste treatment plants secure the future growth of feedstock. At the same time it will enable food waste collectors to maximise the amount of food waste collected so that collections can be delivered as cost effectively as possible.  

A Steering Group is overseeing the development, adoption and subsequent delivery of the plan. Membership of the Steering Group comprises representatives from the food waste treatment industry, as well as local authority food and private sector waste collectors and industry bodies.

Following the meeting of the steering group on 14 March 2016, the initial draft of plan has been completed. It includes a number of cross-industry actions that will now be reviewed by the steering group members and their organisations in the next few weeks. 

This is currently an England-only project funded by Defra. WRAP is responsible for the management of the Steering Group through a Secretariat.

For further information on this action plan and how you can get involved please contact Mike Falconer Hall.