Tackle food waste and food poverty

The UK wastes 10 million tonnes of food each year, of which 60% could be recycled. Under a Labour Mayor, supermarkets in the region will be encouraged to reduce food waste by using better inventory management, and distributing unsold food to combat food poverty, including supporting existing charities and community cafes in this sector.

We can also reduce food miles in public sector catering by supporting local food producers, and providing advice and engagement with private sector suppliers, and giving those who engage a competitive advantage by awarding food sustainability marks. Local food growing and urban gardening will be encouraged as will food cooperatives. Harmful plastic usage will be discouraged, particularly single use plastics. This will not just be a publicity exercise – I will fund the staff to make it happen.

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