Local authorities in England will share up to £295m in funding to help them introduce weekly food waste collections, Recycling Minister Robbie Moore has announced.

Weekly collections of food waste will be rolled out for most households across England by 31 March 2026 as part of the Government’s Simpler Recycling plans.

The funding boost will help councils pay for new food waste containers for homes and specialist collection vehicles.

Recycling Minister Robbie Moore said: ‘Weekly food waste collections are a central plank in delivering a simpler, easier recycling system for all. It will help to stop food waste heading to landfill and support our goals of tackling both waste and climate change.

‘We’re backing councils with new funding to ensure the nation can benefit and recycle more.’

Claire Shrewsbury, Director of Insights and Innovations WRAP, said: ‘Weekly food waste collections will give recycling in England an important boost and help reduce the impact of food waste on climate change.

‘Our research shows that when food waste collections are introduced, and people see how much food goes to waste in their home, they want to do something about it. And with food waste costing a household of four around £1,000 a year, weekly collections will not only help prevent food waste in the first place, but utilise the food waste collected to generate green energy and compost.’

This article was originally published by LocalGov.co.uk.

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