Labour rows back on food landfill ban

The Labour Party has dropped its promise to ban food waste from landfill in response to negative political point-scoring

Banning food waste from landfill could cost up to £1.1bn over 15 years (photograph: Jim Holden/Alamy)Labour has revealed it is no longer committed to banning food waste from landfill. 

The change in position emerged during opening election campaign salvoes between the Conservatives and Labour at the start of the new year. A Tory analysis of Labour’s spending plans claimed that the commitment to a food waste landfill ban carried a £477m price tag, mainly due to lost landfill tax receipts.1

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