Plan to tar­get ‘scan­dal’ of 250m binned meals

The Guardian Weekly - - Global report -

The gov­ern­ment has ap­pointed a food waste cham­pion to tackle the prob­lem of 250m meals be­ing thrown away in the UK each year.

Ben El­liot, a phi­lan­thropist and co-founder of the life­style group Quintessen­tially, will aim to help the gov­ern­ment elim­i­nate food waste go­ing to land­fill by 2030.

He was ap­pointed to the un­paid, vol­un­tary role by Michael Gove, the en­vi­ron­ment sec­re­tary, who de­scribed food waste as “an eco­nomic, en­vi­ron­men­tal and moral scan­dal”. El­liot will also sup­port con­sul­ta­tions on the in­tro­duc­tion of manda­tory food waste re­duc­tion tar­gets and re­dis­tri­bu­tion obli­ga­tions.

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