UK commits £1m to help fight food waste

UK commits £1m to help fight food waste
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A new £1.15 million fund has been launched to help tackle food waste in households and supply chains.

It will provide funding for businesses and not-for-profits in England to devise creative new ways to tackle food waste by changing people’s behaviour or transforming it into other materials.

From educating the public on how to store fresh food, to ideas such as turning food waste into new edible products, grants will be available for creative solutions to address this pressing environmental challenge.

With 4.5 million tonnes of food wasted every year, the new grants are the latest step in the government’s drive to reduce food waste in the UK by 20% by 2025. It forms part of a wider £15 million scheme to specifically address surplus food from the retail and manufacturing sectors.

“The UK is a proud world leader in tackling food waste, owing in part to the innovation and creativity of many organisations across the UK – from educating the public on food waste in our homes, to making our supply chains greener,” said Environment Minister Rebecca Pow.

“I look forward to supporting UK organisations who are taking up the mantle to tackle food waste and to create a better world for ourselves, as well as generations to come.

“It makes sense in every way – it cuts collection costs, saves the customer money and importantly reduces emissions which benefits the environment.”