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New depot to divert surplus food from landfill

Around 1,050 tonnes of unwanted food could be diverted from landfill and delivered to the needy over three years, thanks to a surplus food depot opened by London Mayor Boris Johnson.

The FareShare charity depot in Park Royal was part funded by a £362,000 grant from the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) and will redistribute surplus food from organisations and manufacturers in London and give it to hostels, women’s refuges, churches and drug rehabilitation projects. In total, 30 charities and 6,000 vulnerable people are expected to be helped by the end of the first year of the depot.

Johnson said: “Chucking away perfectly edible food is a terrible waste which is why initiatives such as FareShare are so vitally important. This inspiring project will have a genuine impact helping vulnerable Londoners, diverting food from landfill sites, whilst at the same time creating new jobs and volunteering opportunities.”

According to LWARB, London currently produces 1.4 million tonnes of food waste per year, 40% of which is sent to landfill.

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