Britain must fix its ‘hotch-potch’ composting infrastructure in 2023, says TIPA

BRITAIN’s ‘hotch-potch’ composting infrastructure must be reformed in order to achieve environmental commitments according to TIPA.

Later this month the government will publish a plan to reach net zero by 2050 and halve the amount of waste per person sent to residual treatment. The achievements will not be met without a huge increase in composting, says the CEO and Co-Founder of compostable packaging developer, TIPA, Daphna Nissenbaum.

Daphna, who is also a member of the UK’s Compostable Coalition, said: “We must acknowledge that composting is one of the most viable solutions to the environmental crisis, as it is nature’s way of recycling.  Although there are some 9.5 million tonnes of food waste in the UK each year, Britain’s compostable collection is hotch-potch; only 115 councils collect food waste out of 333, and they give different advice and have different coloured bins, depending on where you live. It means consumers are left scratching their heads while huge amounts of food waste are sent to landfill, emitting huge amounts of methane. 2023 all this the year this must change.”

Last month the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) published its ambitious environmental targets.

Following a public consultation, which received 180,000 submissions, it is expected to publish its Environmental Improvement Plan later this month which will show how the targets will be hit.

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Written by Dominy Jones