Maximising Food Waste Collections: Case Studies

WRAP works with local authorities across England, supporting them to deliver interventions that have been proven to increase the yield of food waste collected for recycling from separate weekly collections.

WRAP has been working with authorities on food waste collections since 2013, and we’ve found that the most successful way of increasing and sustaining the performance of food waste collection services is to introduce a package of interventions. These include use of a “no food waste” residual bin sticker, a free supply of caddy liners, and an information leaflet for residents. 

In 2019, WRAP supported a number of local authorities to deliver these interventions with successful results. You can explore the findings below. 

Norwich City Council

WRAP supported Norwich City Council in order to overcome the traditional barriers to participation and boost the authority’s poorly performing food waste collection service. 

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Eastleigh Borough Council

WRAP carried out an analysis of 2017/18 food waste collection tonnages collected by English local authorities and identified a number of LAs that were collecting less than 1kg/hh/wk despite operating weekly separate food waste collections alongside comprehensive recycling collection services and fortnightly collections of residual waste. Amongst those identified was Eastleigh Borough Council.

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Derbyshire Dales District Council

Derbyshire Dales District Council were identified by WRAP in 2018/19 as an authority that could benefit from a proven package of interventions to help increase the amount of food waste being collected. Derbyshire Dales were attaining food waste yields of less than 1kg/hh/wk from separate weekly collections, which were operated alongside a comprehensive recycling service and alternate week residual waste collections.

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If you are interested in exploring how WRAP could support your local authority, just get in touch via lasupport@wrap.org.uk