ACS Responds to Food Waste Inquiry

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Food Waste Inquiry, insisting that there is no need for new legislation to reduce food waste as retailers are already reducing waste pro-actively through food donations or giving food to staff.

In the submission, ACS highlighted that there is significant variety in the products offered by different types of convenience stores, depending on their size and location, and that the amount of food waste produced by a convenience store will vary accordingly.

ACS’ Voice of Local Shops survey, which asked a sample of 1,210 independent retailers how they deal with food waste, found that 20% of retailers recycle using a separate food waste bin, 12% consume or give it to staff, 10% reduce food waste through other initiatives, and 7% donate to a local cause.

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “Retailers are already recycling their food waste by donating to local food banks or repurposing the food in store. There is no one size fits all approach for tackling food waste, and regulatory action could in fact hamper future voluntary action from retailers.”

ACS’ submission also supported the removal of best before end dates for fruit and vegetables, which would enable retailers to display these products for longer, as these dates can often be shorter than a product’s actual shelf life.

The Committee will be collecting evidence and publishing a report in the next few months.

For more information on this submission, please contact Julie Byers by email or phone at 01252 533008.

This entry was posted by Leah on Wed, 14/09/2016 - 17:56