The recipients are Yorwaste, First Mile, SITA UK, Leeds Paper, Cape, Greenabilit and Brighton Paper Round. Areas covered include Devon, Cambridge, Manchester, Birmingham, Brighton and London.

The funding will enable a further 26,000 tonnes of food waste to be diverted from landfill by 2014. The collections, which start this summer, will service a range of businesses in the hospitality and food service sectors such as restaurants, cafes, pubs and take-away restaurants.

WRAP’s head of collections & quality Linda Crichton revealed that over 40 applications for funding were received from a wide range of projects.

“The projects selected cover different collection approaches and contractual arrangements,” she said.

WRAP is also providing communications guidance to recipients to help communicate with businesses the benefits of food waste collections.

Tools are also being developed to help all businesses prevent and reduce their food waste to reduce costs going forward. These tools will be available from the WRAP website this autumn.

Maxine Perella

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