Weekly Food Waste Collections

13 March 2024

What is the new legislation?

In November 2021, The Environment Act 2021 became law and the government announced a new recycling plan that aims to create a common-sense, simpler approach to recycling. Included within the plan is the introduction of weekly food waste collections, for most households in England by 2026. The main objective to cut the amount of food waste decomposing for weeks before heading to landfill.

Supporting DEFRA, The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP*) have developed guidance documents for Local Authorities to assist with the changes. The documents include a procurement guide and generic food waste collection vehicle specification. These have been developed with input from Public Buying Organisations (PBO’s) such as TPPL, and reputable OE manufacturers & waste vehicle bodybuilders.

* About WRAP

WRAP is a climate action NGO working around the globe to tackle the causes of the climate crisis and give the planet a sustainable future. Our core purpose is to help you tackle climate change and protect our planet by changing the way things are produced, consumed, and disposed of.

WRAP has developed resources, guidance, and practical examples to assist local authorities and the waste management industry, businesses, and retailers, to improve the quantity and quality of materials collected for recycling.

The documents can be viewed on the WRAP website by clicking HERE

WRAP has been actively engaging with manufacturers and suppliers since early 2020 on the Resources and Waste Strategy requirements. WRAP has calculated the numbers of containers and vehicles needed based on the latest audit data and modelling of typical productivity and resource levels required relative to the service, housing type and rurality of the Local Authority. The volumes of collection infrastructure needed was used to compare against manufacturers’ production capacity to understand the extent of the shortfall. The shortfall for both containers and vehicle supply is considerable and amounts to a large increase in annual capacity above existing production.

WRAP Procurement Guideline Document



Local Authorities are in the process of receiving capital new burdens funding to assist with these transitions, and we would be delighted to discuss how TPPL can help with upcoming procurement requirements.  

How we can help…

  • Supported supplier engagement sessions, physically or virtually
  • Explore opportunities to collaborate with other local buyers
  • Ability to get you to market quickly to secure your vehicles
  • Fleet specific technical expertise
  • Product information and availability through market intelligence
  • Access to supplier stock vehicles
  • Active volume buyers of waste vehicles to secure competitive pricing
  • Flexible approach to tendering chassis providers or bodybuilders
  • Purchase, Leasing, and rental procurement solutions

TPPL Food Waste Vehicle procurement solutions

HGV & Specialist Vehicle Purchase Framework   

Cars, Light and Medium Commercial Vehicles Purchase Framework  


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