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Deben to chair food waste supergroup

Former environment secretary Lord Deben has been given a key role in an attempt to eradicate food waste from landfill by 2020.

He will chair a high-level panel that will develop a blueprint to achieve the aim.

The panel was formed following the launch of ‘Vision 2020: the future of food waste recycling’ document by the PDM Group.

It includes representatives from the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, PDM, Eunomia, Institute of Hospitality, Unilever, and Wrap (see box).

The group will identify “the challenges and opportunities that the UK has in developing a nationwide infrastructure and society-wide adoption of food waste recycling in order to eradicate such waste ending up in landfill”.

Lord Deben said: “The visionary panel brings together representatives across each relevant sector in the food chain.

“Each is able to bring to the table insight into the challenges its part of the industry is facing when it comes to food waste, which enables the group to identify the key steps that need to be taken for the UK to be in a position where it has the infrastructure, demand and participation to allow food waste to be eliminated from landfill.”

Key areas discussed at the first meeting of the panel were a landfill ban, planning issues and education of householders, businesses and local authorities to ensure greater uptake of food waste recycling solutions.

The Panel

Lord DebenChairmanSancroft
Philip SimpsonCommercial DirectorPDM Group
Mark BradburyDeputy Director of DevelopmentLondon Thames Gateway Development Corporation
Paul SherrattPackaging and Sustainability Director – BeveragesUnilever
James FulfordDirectorEunomia
Stephen WoodgateChief ExecutiveFABRA
Marcus GoverDirectorWRAP
Stephen CritchleySenior ConsultantEcofys
Joy BlizzardChairLARAC
Stuart ReynoldsChairCIWM special interest group for biological waste treatment
Philippe RossiterChief ExecutiveInstitute of Hospitality


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