Food waste (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-06-22
Session date: 
June 22, 2017
Reference: 
2017/2580
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Following the trial of a community fridge in Camberwell, what action can you take to encourage supermarkets in London to limit food waste and to give leftover food to those in need?

Answer

Answer for Food waste (1)

Answer for Food waste (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Food waste is a huge issue in London, especially when many Londoners struggle to access enough healthy food to eat. Good progress is being made by supermarkets, with Tesco, for example, announcing annual food waste figures last week showing that the amount of good quality, in-date surplus food they redistributed to charities had more than doubled, from 2,303 tonnes to 5,700 tonnes in the last year. 

More can still be done by supermarkets and all of us to ensure surplus food does not go to waste. My new Environment Strategy will contain polices and proposals to reduce food waste in London, working with residents, London boroughs and businesses, including supermarkets.

My new Food Strategy will also include work on reducing food waste, and the Chief Executive of FareShare, the UK's leading food waste charity, is a member of the new London Food Board to help us take this agenda forward.