Pubs could be forced to recycle more rubbish more frequently, under new government plans to cut waste.
Environment secretary David Miliband announced that businesses will play a key role in the new waste management strategy, which includes more incentives for businesses to recycle waste and pushes businesses to take greater responsibility for the environmental impact of products and operations.
He said: "We need to not only recycle and reuse waste, but also prevent it in the first place. And there's a particular challenge for businesses to produce less waste with their products, so consumers have less of it to dispose of.
"This strategy sets out how we can achieve this. It provides a range of tools for local authorities, businesses and individuals to do the job. It calls for action from all, without imposing one-size-fits-all solutions."
In addition the waste strategy sets out the government's view that there are strong environmental arguments for encouraging a separate collection of food waste to boost composting.
The government is also launching a parallel public consultation on removing the ban on local authorities introducing financial incentives for recycling.