Government launches £15m food waste pilot scheme

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Around 10.2m tonnes of food goes to waste every year

A new £15m food waste pilot scheme will be set up by government to target surplus food from retail and manufacturing industries.

It will be developed with businesses and charities over the coming months and launched in 2019/20, environment secretary Michael Gove announced.

Currently around 43,000 tonnes of surplus food is redistributed from retailers and manufacturers, yet it is estimated a further 100,000 tonnes of edible food, around 250m meals a year, goes uneaten.

Gove said: “Nobody wants to see good food go to waste. It harms our environment, it’s bad for business – and it’s morally indefensible.”

Approximately 10.2m tonnes of food goes to waste every year, with 1.8m tonnes from food manufacture, 1m from the hospitality sector and 260,000 tonnes from retail.

The remainder comes from households.

Further action to cut food waste from all sources is expected to be included within the Resources and Waste Strategy, published later this year.

The new scheme follows the £500,000 Food Waste Reduction Fund announced in December last year to support food waste reduction in England.

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