Bag it or bin it?

Date published: 
19 February 2015

Every year we throw away over 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes, with food waste accounting for around 20 per cent of all domestic waste.

The London Assembly Environment Committee's report; Bag it or bin it? Managing London’s domestic food waste, looks at steps that the Mayor, local authorities and central government can take to improve the management and treatment of food waste within London in order to reduce the amount that goes to landfill.

In the report the Committee makes a number of recommendations, including:

Every London borough should allocate available resources to include separate food waste collections in their waste management regimes, across all property types.

The Mayor should join London Councils in its efforts to secure additional resources from the Government to develop separate food and organic waste collection services.

Alongside government funding the Mayor should make available from his own resources ongoing funding for waste reduction and recycling programmes such as the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) or Recycle for London.

The report and the consultation responses can be downloaded below.