The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has today (13 Nov) launched “FoodSave”, a new scheme to help food businesses maximise their profits by reducing food waste and diverting surplus food to useful purposes and away from landfill.
WRAP estimate that around 15m tonnes of food and drink are thrown away every year, of which 4m is from food service, restaurants and manufacturing. Food waste makes up 41 percent of all waste generated by the UK hospitality sector.
To help address this, the Mayor is working in partnership with the European Regional Development Fund and London Waste and Recycling Board to support over 240 small and medium-sized businesses in cutting food waste over the next 18 months.
The FoodSave project will help businesses in a variety of ways including:
- identifying where most food is wasted
- providing advice on how to reduce food waste
- helping businesses send food to people in need through organisations that redistribute food
- helping businesses to direct food waste to feed animals such as pigs (where legally permitted)
- where food waste can’t be avoided, support composting and renewable energy generation.
Matthew Pencharz, the Mayor’s Senior Adviser on Environment said: “FoodSave is a brilliant initiative that can help businesses reduce their food waste disposal costs and become more efficient. I encourage as many businesses as possible to get involved and both save money and help the environment.”
Matthew Pencharz – “FoodSave is a brilliant initiative that can help businesses reduce their food waste disposal costs and become more efficient. I encourage as many businesses as possible to get involved and both save money and help the environment”
The Mayor is working with the Sustainable Restaurant Association and Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming to deliver the project directly with food businesses.
FoodSave will directly support 240 businesses, and by March 2015 aims to achieve overall savings of £360,000 and prevent more than 1,000 tonnes of food waste being sent to landfill. The SustainableRestaurantAssociation will work with restaurants, hotels, pubs, quick service restaurants and canteens. Sustain will work with businesses involved in food retail, food manufacturing and preparation, food growing, farming, catering, street food, market stalls and wholesale markets.
FoodSave has already started working with a small number of businesses and the project will be rolled out to many more early in the new-year. If you are a food business and would like to find out more about the project you can visit www.foodsave.org.
FoodSave is part of the Mayor’s wide ranging support for London’s food economy which aims to help make it healthier, more sustainable and more profitable.