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Food waste pilot

Food waste pilot

The Government has announced a new pilot scheme supported by £15m of additional funding to reduce food waste from retail and manufacturing sources[7]. The scheme will be developed over the coming months in collaboration with businesses and charities and will launch in 2019/20.

Currently around 43,000 tonnes of surplus food is redistributed from retailers and food manufacturers every year. It is estimated a further 100,000 tonnes of food – equating to 250 million meals a year – is edible and readily available but goes uneaten. Instead, this food is currently used for generating energy from waste, anaerobic digestion or animal feed.

Further action to cut food waste from all sources is being considered as part of Defra’s Resources and Waste Strategy, which will be published later this year. Defra is commissioning work to improve the evidence base around food waste, including understanding why more surplus food is not being redistributed. This work will inform the design of the scheme, aiming to drive down food waste.

The new scheme follows the £500,000 Food Waste Reduction Fund announced in December 2017 to support food waste reduction throughout England. In July this year it was announced that funds have been awarded to eight charities across the country. The Food Waste Reduction Fund grants will help provide the resources needed to expand their work and will further inform development of the new scheme.

References

7. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/action-to-reduce-food-waste-announced

 

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