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Food wastage (2020)

Request

  1. Please provide details of the total weight of food disposed of by the House of Commons and its contractors in 2019.
  2. I would also like the cost of food production wastage for the years 2016/17/18/19 broken down by individual years please.

 

Response


1) Please provide details of the total weight of food disposed of by the House of Commons and its contractors in 2019

Please note that the House of Commons and House of Lords are two separate public authorities for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, information about the weight of food waste is collected across the parliamentary estate and is not disaggregated between the Houses.

Therefore, we do not hold the information you have requested for the House of Commons only.

To be helpful, we can give you the following information about food wastage. The House of Commons records food waste disposal in two different ways:
• Kitchen waste occurring during food preparation (e.g. inedible vegetable trimmings)
• Plate waste occurring after food has been purchased (e.g. uneaten food left on plates)

Kitchen food waste is disposed of together with non-food waste accrued in the course of the day, so this information cannot be provided because we cannot disaggregate the two types. Plate waste is disposed of separately and the combined weight of this waste for both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, is recorded. In 2019, it was 258,869kg.

2) I would also like the cost of food production wastage for the years 2016/17/18/19 broken down by individual years please

Some information is held by the House of Commons in relation to your request.

The House holds information about the value of food waste in relation to finished or saleable products sold in House of Commons catering venues. The information for the financial years from 2016/17 to 2019/20 is included in the table below:

Financial year Waste value (£)
2016/17 51,885
2017/18 66,712
2018/19 47,421
2019/20 63,526

It may interest you to know that the House of Commons Catering Service started measuring the steps taken to reduce food waste in September 2017. We measured that we removed approximately 247 tonnes of food waste from the general waste stream between September 2017 to August 2018. The separated food waste is used to produce liquid ‘biofertiliser’ and methane gas which is used for power generation. In 2019, the Sustainable Restaurant Association rated the House of Commons as a good practice organisation in respect of food waste and was awarded 3 stars out of 3 for its overall accreditation. More information about how the House of Commons offers catering services in a responsible and sustainable way.