Ban on landfills could save the UK £17bn a year in landfill costs

A new ban on landfill could help to reduce the amount that is spent on landfills in the UK by as much as £17bn per year, while also helping to heat as many as 600,000 homes across the UK. Retailers, food producers, consumers, and restaurants are all being asked to come together to ban food wastes from being placed into landfills by the year 2020.

Instead, local councils will be tasked with collecting food wastes from businesses and homes to make sure that the power of food waste is harnessed and turned into a resource that can provide heat, energy, and other benefits to local agriculture. By viewing food waste as a positive instead of trash landfills can be reduced and energy can be utilised that does not leave a carbon footprint behind.

The aim of the overall campaign titled Vision 2020: UK Roadmap to Zero Food Waste to Landfill is to help reduce the amount that the UK economy spends every year on landfills by as much as £17bn. Less food wastes in landfills also means less greenhouse gases being released and if all businesses, households, and the public sector were to get on board green house gas emission could be reduced by 27m.

On average a family in the UK is estimated to waste about £60 a month in groceries by throwing away enough food to make a complete meal on a daily basis. A government study from Wrap the waste advisory group found that on average Britons toss out about 24 meals worth of food which is 4.2m tonnes of drink and food per year that could have been consumed by others. Out of this number, about half of the food items are tossed from cupboards and fridges straight into the trash such as salads, bananas, and apples.