22% of the food purchased weekly ends up in the solid waste stream

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22% of the food purchased weekly ends up in the solid waste streamGRTU, Green MT and other interested parties, including supermarkets, hotels and restaurants, local councils, waste disposal companies, the Government and the Church’s Environment Commission make up a working group nominated by Environment Minister, Leo Brincat, with the aim to present recommendations to reduce food waste.

During a launch held earlier on this week, Minister Brincat, expressed his satisfaction over the fact that the working group consists of representatives coming from various sectors and that every person forming part of the group has accepted to work together with the aim of reducing food waste.

It transpires that the biggest source of food waste is households, with 22% cent of the food purchased weekly ending up in the solid waste stream. The best solution for waste to be reduced is that people will have to plan their purchases according to their meals so that they use only the portions required. It was also suggested that products will be checked prior to their expiry date so that they will not be thrown away.

The Committee will be Chaired by Ms Lisa Cassar Shaw, and it is expected to issue a report within two months.

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