The need to Tackle Food Waste

Food waste in the UK is a massive issue, with around 1.3 billion tonnes of food is estimated to be lost or wasted each year. Among the many contributors to the large amount of food waste is the confusion with food labels and today steps have been taken to address this issue.

Top multinationals including Tesco, Kellogg and Walmart are among 400 consumer goods firms to have today (20 September) committed to simplify food date labels globally by 2020.

The proposals from industry network the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) call for retailers and food producers to use one label at a time, either “use by” for perishable items or “best before” for non-perishables.

The call to action was made in partnership with Champions 12:3, the organisation set up to monitor progress over the SDG target to halve global food waste and reduce food loss by 2030.

A separate new report from Champions 12:3 has found that nearly 60% of the world’s largest food businesses have set reduction targets. But the report suggests that not enough companies or governments are measuring and reporting food loss and waste, a key tool in analysing whether strategies are paying dividends.

Here at Wiles Greenworld, London Green Officer Suppliers, we are determined to contribute towards tackling environmental problems in the UK and Food Waste has become increasingly prominent on our agenda.

We offer a Food Recycling Service which is part of our Award Winning Recycling Service in London. Having food as one of the streams in our service we are attempting to ensure that the waste produced is either composted or goes through anaerobic digestion.

This Food Waste Reduction Policy is in place to offer an environmental alternative to the traditional general waste disposal of food. Businesses have a crucial role to play in tackling food and through our recycling service your business can take responsibility and reduce the wastage.

For more information on our Food Recycling Service or how we can help your Green Office please contact our friendly customer services team at 020 8758 7700.

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