Industry asked to 'step up to the plate' and make new food waste pledge

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Every year businesses throw away food worth an estimated £5bn per year, with households throwing away £15bn

A new government pledge for a range of stakeholders to ‘Step Up To The Plate’ and reduce food waste has been launched by Food Surplus and Waste Champion Ben Elliot.

Elliot was joined by major players from food retails and hospitality, media influences and chefs and environment secretary Michael Gove at a 'food waste symposium' at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

The pledge, signed by Nestlé, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose, includes a goal to halve food waste by 2030.

It also asks attendees to embrace a Food Conservation week of action in November 2019 to highlight changes we can all make.

This builds on the Resources and Waste Strategy which promised nationwide collections of food waste and annual reporting of food surplus and waste by food businesses.

Every year businesses throw away food worth an estimated £5bn per year, with households throwing away £15bn.

Government launched a £15m scheme to tackle food waste earlier this year.

Speaking at the event, Gove said: “Food is a source of joy to so many, something precious that we should hate to waste it, and also a way of showing as I underlined earlier, that we care for our planet, we care for our fellow citizens, and we care about the future.”

The V&A will open its new exhibition, FOOD: Bigger than the Plate, to the public on 18 May.


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