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

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Closes 5 Sep 2022

Introduction

The government wants to leave the environment in a better condition for the next generation. The 25 Year Environment Plan[1], the Clean Growth Strategy[2] and the Resources and Waste Strategy for England[3] (RWS) outlined the steps that will be taken in to achieve that goal. Chapter 5 of the RWS outlines the UK government’s approach to food waste in England and in it we pledged to consult on annual reporting of food surplus and waste by food businesses. Sustainability is a key element of the Government Food Strategy White Paper which is a once in a generation opportunity to create a food system that feeds our nation today and protects it for tomorrow. This consultation forms a part of that ambition.

By progressing with aims to tackle food waste in England, we will be working towards building a cleaner, greener and more resilient economy, which not only protects our environment, but leaves it in a better state than we found it.

Purpose of this consultation

The government is seeking views by 5th September 2022 on different options being considered to improve food waste reporting by food businesses in England.

Scope of this consultation

This consultation seeks views and evidence on:

  • Type of business in scope
  • Material in scope
  • Reporting process
  • Compliance and enforcement

Geographical extent

Waste is a devolved matter. This consultation is being undertaken by the UK Government in England. This document and descriptions of existing law therefore relate to England.

Unless otherwise stated, references to ‘government’ are references to the UK Government.

Responsible body

This consultation is being carried out by Defra’s Food Waste Prevention Team in the Resources and Waste Division.

Audience

This is a public consultation and it is open to anyone with an interest to provide comments. The consultation should be of particular interest to businesses involved in the production, manufacture, processing, sale or distribution of food and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) concerned about the cost of food waste to their business, inefficiencies in the food industry, or the impact of food waste on the environment.

Duration

The consultation will run for 12 weeks. This in line with the Cabinet Office’s ‘Consultation Principles’ which advises government departments to adopt proportionate consultation procedures. This consultation opens on 13/06/2022 and closes on 05/09/2022.

Responding to the consultation

Not all questions in this consultation are mandatory and some questions in this consultation are specifically for businesses and organisations. If you do not want to answer questions, you do not need to. Please respond to this consultation using the Citizen Space consultation hub at: https://consult.defra.gov.uk/environmental-quality/improved-reporting-of-food-waste

If responding on Citizen Space is not possible, please use one of the options below:

By email to: foodwaste@defra.gov.uk

Or in writing to: Consultation on improved reporting of food waste by food businesses in England, Food Waste Prevention Team, Horizon House, Deanery Road, Bristol BS1 5AH