Small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) in London will be offered help on cutting food waste and using renewable energy generation to maximise their profits under a new initiative.
Called ‘FoodSave’, the scheme will support more than 240 SMEs over the next 18 months in helping identify where most food is wasted, direct food waste to feed animals where legally permitted and support composting and waste to energy generation where they can’t be avoided.
Launched by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson this week, the project aims to save £360,000 and prevent more than 1,000 tonnes of food waste being sent to landfill by March 2015.
Matthew Pencharz, the Mayor’s Senior Adviser on Environment said: “FoodSave is a brilliant initiative that can help businesses reduce their food waste disposal costs and become more efficient. I encourage as many businesses as possible to get involved and both save money and help the environment.”
Around 15 million tonnes of food and drink are thrown away every year, according to the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), out of which four million is from food service, restaurants and manufacturing.
The Mayor will work in partnership with the European Regional Development Fund, London Waste and Recycling Board, the Sustainable Restaurant Association and Sustain.