Major UK supermarkets sign up to pledge to halve food waste

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Mopre than 100 organisations have signed up to the Step up to the Plate pledge

Major UK supermarkets and organisations have signed a world-leading pledge to halve food waste by 2030 and increase public awareness.

More than 100 organisations including Aldi, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco committed to the Step up to the Plate pledge to reduce food waste and raise public awareness of the issue through a week of action.

This in line with UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3.

Currently in the UK, an estimated 10.2 million tonnes of food and drink are wasted annually after leaving the farm gate, worth around £20 billion.

Environment secretary Michael Gove said: “I am delighted to see so many UK food businesses commit to game-changing action to cut food waste, and I hope that others follow suit.

“The UK is showing real leadership in this area, but each year millions of tonnes of food is wasted.”

Earlier this year, government launched a £15 million scheme to tackle food waste, building on the Resources and Waste Strategy.

Dave Lewis, chair of Champions 12.3 and group CEO Tesco said: “Today’s announcement that over 100 UK food companies have signed up to the Step up to the Plate pledge is welcome news. The next step is for all signatories to publicly report their food waste data in line with Champions 12.3 best practice.”

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