Food Waste

Thank you for contacting me about food waste.

Unfortunately, as the Bill you refer to has yet to be published, it is inappropriate for me to comment on its content.

Nevertheless, I can assure you that preventing food waste is an objective we are working hard on, together with WRAP, food retailers and industry.

Ministers have backed several rounds of the Courtauld Commitment, a voluntary agreement to limit waste, which 90 per cent of the food manufacturing and retailer sector have signed up to. As a result, domestic household food waste has already been reduced by 21 per cent, and food waste in the supply chain has reduced by 8 per cent. The process has also seen the amount of redistributed surplus food double between 2011 and 2013.
Separately, a voluntary agreement within the hospitality and food services industry was launched in 2012. Over 170 signatories and supporters have signed up to an ambitious set of targets both to reduce the amount of food waste they produce, and to manage it better by recycling and sending food for anaerobic digestion to produce energy.
We also continue to work closely with industry to help them forge closer links with redistribution charities across the whole supply chain. It is indeed wrong that anyone should go hungry at the same time as surplus food is going to waste.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.