More than £84,000 worth of food waste has been thrown out from House of Commonscafeterias in the last year.
Liberal Democrat MP for Sutton & Cheam Paul Burstow asked the Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what estimate the Commission had made of the amount of food waste by weight arising from House of Commons cafeterias in each of the last 12 months from April 2008 to March 2009.
Liberal Democrat MP for North Devon Nick Harvey responded in a written answer (18 May) that no record was kept of the amount of food waste by weight but a record was kept for the value of food waste.
In total, £84,924 worth of food was wasted from April 2008 to 2009.
He said: Food waste is currently mixed with the general waste stream and sent to disposal facilities in the London area obtaining energy-from-waste. A review of alternative schemes, such as commercial collection of food waste for transportation to an anaerobic digestion facility, has been scheduled for 2009 to 2010.