WRAP is producing updated estimates of the total food waste arising from the UK households and collected by local authorities.
Previous estimates have been made for 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015, but as consumer habits and collection systems change, it is important to maintain and update this valuable resource for policy makers and waste managers alike, it says.
The analysis is based on waste composition analyses carried out on behalf of local authorities. The more analyses the researchers are able to take into account, the better the quality of the estimates will be.
WRAP is also aiming to produce estimates of other materials, including plastics and textiles, as part of the project. If sufficient information is gathered, it may be possible to undertake a full national waste composition.
To support this project, WRAP is looking to obtain as many local authority waste composition analyses conducted between April 2016 and March 2018 as possible. WRAP is asking local authority waste managers across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to share studies that have been carried out in their area over that period so that they can be included in the analysis.
If you have questions about the study, or would like to volunteer data that you hold, please contact Mark Roberts.
The deadline for submitting data as Friday 13 July 2018.