STROUD District Council is recycling around 5,500 tonnes of food waste from homes in the area every year.
The government’s Environment Bill outlines plans for food waste to be collected separately from all households by 2023, with a campaign group calling uneaten food in the country an “environmental nightmare of epic proportions”.
53,000 households in Stroud have a separate food waste collection already, which means Stroud District Council, along with just over a third of English local authorities, is already a few years ahead of schedule.
Typically, food waste is collected from houses using a caddy in the kitchen and putting out the scraps in another container outside for collection.
Almost half of the country’s councils do not provide any food waste collections at all and a further 16 per cent offer a system where people can dispose of leftovers alongside garden waste.
Carina Millstone, executive director of food waste campaigners Feedback, said: “With over 10 million tonnes of food going to waste per year in the UK, food waste is an environmental nightmare of epic proportions.
“The good news is that halving our food waste is one of the most effective actions any of us can take to help address the climate emergency.
“Councils have an important role to play – sending food scraps to be composted or to be made into energy is far better than sending it to landfill or to be incinerated, saving around one third of the greenhouse gas emissions caused by binning food.
“However, not wasting edible food is by far the best option.”