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Facing the food waste crisis: The opportunities and challenges for UK businesses

As soon as this autumn, businesses across Wales and England could see new laws come into force to tackle food waste, which is currently responsible for generating approximately a tenth of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Through the new legislation, which will be specified in the Welsh Government’s Business, Public and Third Sector Recycling Regulation and DEFRAs Environmental Act, it will become mandatory for businesses to separate and recycle their food waste.

Here at Keenan Recycling, we’ve spent almost a decade supporting Scottish businesses through similar legislation changes and now we want to support English and Welsh businesses too. So, we conducted some research on 200 UK organisations to reveal both the challenges and opportunities food waste recycling can bring.

Our research found that over half of UK care homes (63%), food retail (50%) and hospitality businesses (52%) currently feel unprepared for the incoming food waste legislation changes.

So, what do the new laws actually mean for businesses and their food waste processes? Is the government providing enough guidance? What support do businesses feel they need to ensure an effective role out of the new laws?

Our latest report ‘Facing the Food Waste Crisis’ combines insights from a roundtable we held with experts from a number of sectors, the waste industry, campaigners and local government, with findings from the cross-sector research we conducted on organisations operating in the food retail, hospitality and care sectors.

‘Facing the Food Waste Crisis’ puts a spotlight on the importance of food waste recycling and aims to help businesses in England and Wales formulate their waste strategies so that they can be ahead of the curve and move towards more sustainable methods of managing waste.

For full insights and advice on the new legislation, download our new report by clicking here.