Changes to food waste collection and recycling: What actions do councils need to take?


From 2023, local authorities will be legally required to collect food waste separately and recycle all the waste that cannot be redistributed. These changes were introduced as part of the Environment Act 2021, which became law in November 2021.

Ben Thomson, solicitor in our Energy & Resource Management team, has examined these changes in detail in his article for Local Government News. The article provides useful advice for local authorities on how to adapt to the changes, information on the expected timescales to allow them to comply with the Environment Act, as well as potential challenges local authorities could face.

Click here to read the full article on Local Government News.

Ashfords has contributed to The Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA)'s latest Biogas Briefing, highlighting the environmental and economic benefits anaerobic digestion (AD) would have for collecting and treating food waste, as well as the legal checklist local authorities should consider as they prepare for the new regulations.

For more information, please visit our AD and food recycling hub.

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