Cameron on food waste; DS Smith’s in-line Q3; Viridor RDF restrictions; waste accolade for FCO.
Cameron asked to support food waste initiative
The Prime Minister responded tepidly to an MP’s request to “throw his weight” behind a year-long EU initiative to reduce food waste.
During a question time session on 5 March, Kerry McCarthy, Shadow Minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Bristol East Labour MP, asked David Cameron whether he will support efforts to reduce food waste in the UK given the “absolute scandal” of up to 40% of our food being wasted and the increasing number of people having to go to food banks.
Cameron answered: “It is important to tackle the issue of food waste. A number of important debates on the issue have been held in this Chamber and in Westminster Hall.
“When it comes to helping people with weekly budgets, the most important thing is to make sure that we keep growing the economy, getting people back to work and creating jobs. Also, if we keep people’s taxes down, they will have more of their own money to spend as they choose.”
DS Smith reports in-line results for the third quarter
DS Smith reported in-line results for the third quarter and said growth remains ahead of its medium-term financial targets.
The FTSE 250 firm said that like-for-like corrugated box volume growth has remained good, with a particularly strong performance from Germany and central and eastern Europe.
Chief executive Miles Roberts said: “The year has continued in line with our plans, despite market conditions remaining difficult.”
RDF road restriction lifted for Viridor
Viridor has announced that the restriction on deliveries by road of refuse derived fuel (RDF) to its Runcorn energy-from-waste facility has been lifted.
Halton Borough Council had rejected an earlier application to allow the transport of RDF by road to the plant, which was restricted to 85,000 tonnes.
Viridor can now increase the amount of RDF brought to the facility by road to a maximum of 480,000 tonnes a year.
Waste accolade for FCO
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) became the first public sector organisation to be certified to the new Carbon Trust Waste Standard.
The FCO diverts 97% of waste from landfill, with almost all waste being recycled or incinerated with heat recovery.
Owen Richards, FCO’s sustainable operations manager said: “We are continuously monitoring utility and travel data to spot waste or find scope for improvement. With technology constantly advancing, there will always be opportunities for the FCO to do its vital work but with a smaller environmental footprint and at lower cost.”