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UK urged to maintain food waste collaboration

Anaerobic digestion firm ReFood has urged the UK to maintain its collaboration with other EU member states on tackling food waste post-Brexit.

The company’s commercial director Philip Simpson (pictured right) welcomed the European Commission’s recently launched Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste.

In November, the Commission announced its plans for a common methodology to measure food waste as a step towards meeting the UN’s sustainable development goal of halving such waste by 2030.

Other measures included in the scheme were:

  • Guidelines to facilitate food donation in the EU, clarifying the safety and hygiene regulations with which food business operators must comply, as well as the fiscal rules applicable to food donation
  • Clarifying and lifting barriers to some unsold foods such as bread and biscuits from being redistributed
  • Examining ways to improve the use of date marking in the food chain and its understanding by consumers

Simpson backed these measures, saying it “can be hard to address a problem when the scale of the problem is not fully understood”.

He added: “It’s encouraging to see leadership in tackling this issue, and the platform comprises true decision-makers with real teeth from member states, EU bodies, NGOs and key players across the supply chain.

“However, as the UK faces Brexit, it is imperative that we continue to be part of the platform or create legislative equivalents to make sure we maintain our focus on food waste. This will allow us to capitalise on the significant economic and sustainable benefits of food waste recycling.”

Recent figures from WRAP revealed an increase in the amount of food waste thrown out needlessly by UK households.

In 2015, UK households threw out food worth £13bn.


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