Stop Filling Landfills with Recyclable Food

Target: Joan Walley, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee

Goal: Support proposed ban on food waste going into landfills

About eleven million tons of food is wasted in the United Kingdom each year, and only six percent of the 7.2 million tonnes of food is recycled. In other countries in places like Africa, South America, and Asia, there is not enough food to eat, let alone to waste, yet these same countries are the ones that receive a lot of the developed world’s waste.

With that being said, members of parliament in England have decided to act. Recently, the United Kingdom’s Environmental Audit Committee has opted for banning food waste from entering landfills. Instead of the current “throwaway society” that much of the developed world adopts, members of the committee suggest what they call a “circular economy,” where everything is reused so that there is absolutely no waste.

The committee also wants separate food collection bins to create compost, fertilizer, and renewable energy through a anaerobic digestion process. However, the businesses argue that the governments in the UK do not make it easy for them to recycle.

The governments and businesses need to work together. Advances are being made on both sides, but stronger action is needed by both. If they wait for the other side to make a move, then these promising advances will only ever be what they are now. Help us make this circular economy more than just an idea by spreading awareness and signing the petition below.


Dear Ms. Walley,

Thank you for spearheading a ban which will help promote less wastefulness in your country. With such little food security in the world, wasting food is just not something that is possible anymore. It is truly amazing that you and your fellow committee members want to not just stop food waste, but transform the throwaway economy into an economy where no waste is produced.

Surely you understand that is quite a lofty goal, as humans expel waste naturally. Although some of the responsibility falls on the hands of major companies and citizens, some responsibility still belongs to you and other parliament members. In England, for example, only a quarter of local councils present their constituents with access to food waste collection.

Do not let this proposed ban be the ending result. Your committee, together with businesses and citizens, can accomplish so much more.


[Your Name Here]

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