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Food: Waste Disposal

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what national targets his Department has for the reduction of levels of food waste; and if he will make a statement. (253621)

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) have not only achieved their aim to reduce household food waste by 100,000 tonnes by March 2008, but exceeded it by 10,000 tonnes. Since then the campaign ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ has helped consumers save a further 27,000 tonnes. WRAP, and their partners across the entire grocery sector, have also recently agreed to a new target to reduce UK household food waste by a further 155,000 tonnes by 2010.

DEFRA is also working closely with the food industry to improve its environmental impact through the Food Industry Sustainability Strategy (FISS). The FISS targets a reduction in the food industry’s own waste of 15-20 per cent. by 2010.