A guide for councils to save money and help the environment by cutting back on residual waste

Residual waste – the waste that isn’t prevented, reused, recycled or composted – is both an environmental problem and a practical one for local authorities. From an environmental point of view material in residual waste is literally wasted as the potential for re-use of any resources is lost. a practical point of view residual waste also needs to be dealt with. If it is biodegradable then municipal residual waste needs to be diverted from landfill in order to reduce climate change impacts and meet Landfill Directive targets. Friends of the Earth commissioned research to find out what were the main materials and products getting into residual waste, and to identify the policy measures that could be used to get them out. The largest streams to tackle include food waste, furniture and DIY wastes.