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Food: Waste

Health 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 Health how much surplus food was thrown away by his Department in (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Department does not keep specific records of waste or surplus food disposal, but samples to determine the composition of the waste have found that food waste makes up around 5%-10% of general waste. Food waste is sent for composting as part of the waste disposal service.

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