Consultation on improved reporting of food waste by large food businesses in England

Closed 5 Sep 2022

Opened 13 Jun 2022


Seeking views on different options to improve food waste reporting by large food businesses in England.

Why your views matter

We want to know what you think about different options being considered to improve food waste reporting. We will be seeking views on the following:

  • Options to improve food waste reporting
  • Types of businesses in scope
  • Material in scope to be reported
  • The reporting process which businesses in scope may need to follow
  • Costs and impacts
  • Enforcement of any regulations

What happens next

We have received 3,852 responses to this consultation. We are analysing these and will publish a Summary of Response and Government Response on in due course.

Information provided in response to this consultation, including personal data, may be published or disclosed in accordance with the access to information regimes. These are primarily the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIRs), the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA).  We have obligations, mainly under the EIRs, FOIA and DPA, to disclose information to particular recipients or to the public in certain circumstances.

If you want the information that you provide to be treated as confidential, please be aware that, as a public authority, the Department is bound by the Freedom of Information Act and may therefore be obliged to disclose all or some of the information you provide. In view of this it would be helpful if you could explain to us why you regard the information you have provided as confidential. If we receive a request for disclosure of the information we will take full account of your explanation, but we cannot give an assurance that confidentiality can be maintained in all circumstances. An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not, of itself, be regarded as binding on the Department.

The Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs will process your personal data in accordance with the law and in the majority of circumstances this will mean that your personal data will not be disclosed to third parties.


  • Environmental campaigners
  • Food Industry
  • Waste Management Companies
  • Retail Industry
  • Manufacturing Industry
  • Member of the General Public
  • SME businesses


  • Climate change
  • Sustainable development
  • Waste and recycling
  • Resource Efficiency
  • Retailers
  • Meat Industry