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Food: Waste

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Shadow Minister (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much surplus food was thrown away by his Department in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

DECC fully occupies two main sites in London (3 Whitehall Place and 55 Whitehall) and catering is provided by a third party contractor. The Department does not hold figures on how much surplus food is thrown away by its catering contractor but does collate data on food waste collections. This includes, for example plate waste and therefore the data is not just surplus food.

Food waste data from these two sites is as follows and is based on our reporting year which runs from 1 April to 31 March.

  Tonnes
2010-11 8.77
2011-12 8.57
2012-13 (1)
(1) Data is not yet available

DECC also occupies space in Atholl House, Aberdeen, where there is no catering provision and space in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) building in London (1 Victoria Street) but is a minor occupier and has no responsibilities for the services in that building.

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