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Over 1,000 tonnes of food waste ends up in landfills each day*. We’re urging English Local Authorities to speed up the rollout of food collections, so that food waste could instead be composted or used to create energy and help cut greenhouse gases.
Why swap single-use carrier bags for Co-op compostable carrier bags?
The majority of the 1.75billion** single-use plastic bags in circulation would be replaced with our compostable alternatives. Co-op compostable carrier bags have been deliberately designed to have a valuable second use as a food waste caddy liner.
Our compostable carrier bags are currently in over 1,000 Co-ops but we want them in more. If local authorities began food waste collections from homes sooner and permitted the use of compostable carrier bags as food waste bin liners, we estimate that this could stop Co-op alone producing 60 million single-use plastic bags.
How you can help urge Local Authorities to take action
We’re writing to all local authorities that do not collect food waste, calling for the introduction of universal food waste collections to be sped up, to help stop 356,000 tonnes of food waste, in England alone, going to landfill*.
Currently 156 English councils (48%) do not have a kerbside food waste collection. And of the 169 local authorities that do already collect food waste, 12% do not accept compostable bagsƗ. We’ve written to these local authorities inviting them to change their position, enabling us to reduce plastic contamination and the amount of food waste going to landfill.
If you want to see wider use of compostable bags, just like ours, you too can contact your English Local Authority and ask them to introduce food collections which include compostable bags.
The world is experiencing a climate crisis and we need to work together to avoid it. Accelerating action is the only way to mitigate and reduce impacts on our natural world, and to ensure stable food supply chains in the future.This is why we want to see the Government’s proposals for all homes receiving weekly food waste collections by 2023 to be developed more quickly.
We’re committed to helping our members and customers to make environmentally friendly choices and reducing the environmental impact of our products is and always has been at the core of Co-op. Where Local Authorities and the Government commit to accepting compostable carrier bags in their food waste collection service, we will make our compostable carrier bags widely available in Co-ops, our franchises, and in our NISA and Costcutter wholesale partners’ stores too. If every Local Authority moved to accepting our compostable carrier bags in their food waste collection, together we could save more than 5 million plastic bags a month from ending up in land fill.
Find out more about how Co-op is tackling plastic and food waste:
* In 2017/2018, councils in England collected 386,000 tonnes. 356,000 additional tonnes could be collected if all local authorities had food waste collections
** 2017 / 2018 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/carrier-bag-charge-summary-of-data-in-england/single-use-plastic-carrier-bags-charge-data-in-england-for-2018-to-2019
Ɨ WRAP http://www.wrap.org.uk/sites/files/wrap/Estimates_%20in_the_UK_Jan17.pdf