Mechline backs calls for clarity over food waste

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Catering equipment supplier Mechline has backed a government report calling for improved awareness around food waste and the availability of fiscal incentives to support industry best practice.    

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee’s latest report on food waste in England raises notable concerns regarding the distortion of the food waste market place through government incentives and the avoidance of waste hierarchy principles.

It is imperative that all catering and foodservice operations manage their waste in line with the European Waste Framework Directive Waste Hierarchy to reduce the volume and cost of waste to their business.

However, the report suggests that government tax incentives for turning waste into green energy have actually distorted the market place and proven counterproductive for adhering to the hierarchy, with businesses choosing to send surplus food for anaerobic digestion rather than redistributing food to people in need.

Mechline said it “welcomes” the recommendation that alternative use of food waste should not be discouraged and has developed its Food Waste Reduction Programme with these principles in mind.

“Mechline understand the challenges of operating an efficient commercial kitchen and with this programme help operators optimise their use and treatment of end-of-life food waste,” said marketing manager Kristian Roberts.

“The Mechline Food Waste Reduction Programme quite simply, highlights best practice on how to manage end-of-life food waste in a circular way, beginning with prevention, reduction and reuse and followed where necessary with redistribution, recycle and reprocess. It provides the tools an operator needs to make a cohesive food waste strategy work.”

Earlier this week, we revealed how the restaurant sector needs to find ways of cutting plate wastage if the industry is to stand any chance of containing soaring food waste volumes.

The report also recommends that the incoming government takes steps to better communicate the current tax breaks and incentives that are available to companies, in order to support their efforts to redistribute surplus food.

“Mechline agrees with the recommendations that the incoming government take steps to better communicate the current tax breaks and incentives that are available to companies, in order to support their efforts to redistribute surplus food, in addition to undertaking an assessment of how it might further promote the redistribution of surplus food by additional fiscal measures,” said Roberts.

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