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UK Government announces pilot scheme to reduce food waste

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has announced that he will be launching a pilot scheme which will push to reduce the amount of food waste being produced across the UK.

The Conservative Party have allocated £15 million of funds to support the scheme, which will be targeted at manufacturing and retail businesses.

Community Cafe surplus food

It has been reported that almost 100,000 tonnes of food waste, which could be redistributed and consumed, is wasted by supermarkets, restaurants etc each year.

While just over 40,000 tonnes does make its way to community fridges, food banks and charities, the rest often ends up in landfill, incinerators or Anaerobic Digestion plants.

Gove has revealed that his team will be working closely with charities, industry bodies, businesses and relevant organisations over the next few months to finalise strategy and actions.

Northern Ireland Businesses Address Food Waste

Many Northern Ireland businesses are already addressing the problem of food waste, through ISL Waste Management.

Last year we redistributed more than £450,000 worth of food marked for destruction to people who needed it, through SOS NI. Through SOS we help feed 1,500 to 2,000 a week.

We work with supermarkets, garage forecourts, local shops and a number of restaurants to make sure that their food waste doesn’t go to waste. What is fit for consumption gets reallocated, what isn’t is composted or sent for anaerobic digestion. NOTHING goes to landfill.

Contact ISL if you would like more information on this scheme, or if you’d like to donate your food waste to those in need.