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S5W-05377: David Stewart (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 6 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made each year in meeting its target of reducing food waste by 33% by 2025, and what its position is on whether it expects the target to be achieved.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 19 December 2016

The Scottish Government established a target to reduce food waste by 33% by 2025 earlier this year. In November 2016 we announced that the baseline for the target would be the 1.35m tonnes of food wasted in Scotland in 2013. This is the first time that total food waste arisings have been calculated for Scotland.

Zero Waste Scotland has estimated that, between 2009 and 2014, household food waste in Scotland decreased by 37,000 tonnes per year, a 5.7% reduction saving households £92 million per year.

To identify a package of actions to meet the 2025 target, the Scottish Government has launched a series of stakeholder meetings to generate options. It is important that all sectors contribute and work together to achieve this ambitious target.