The Mayor of London created a FoodSave program that I recently got the change to experience. This program works directly with small and medium food businesses across London to provide critical support that helps businesses prevent food waste, divert surplus food to feed people in need and livestock, and recycle unavoidable food waste.
The combination of the top down and bottom up approach I believe works great for the city. I tour a recycling and waste management facility and had the opportunity to inquire about the structure of the waste management in the London
The project is funded through many channels including; Mayor of London, European Regional Development Fund and London Waste and Recycling Board the service is free for businesses to use.
Two delivery partners, Sustain and the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA), work closely with a number of different food businesses to provide one to one support. Sustain a food waste support organization works with manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and market traders to help divert their surplus food to either charities or farms. The SRA work with restaurants, hotels, cafes, pubs and canteens to reduce their food waste from the beginning
According officials November 2013, FoodSave has supported 91 businesses with 27 businesses currently receiving ongoing support:
Each year the following are being diverted, prevented or saved.
900 tonnes of food waste.
80 tonnes of food waste.
Over $500,000 of total cost savings.
Current the SRA reviews ordering and stock control, preparation techniques and menu portion size reviews to reduce plate waste, which is often a major contributor to food waste costs.