Initiatives on prevention of food waste in the retail and wholesale trades

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This project was initiated by the Nordic Council of Ministers and its waste prevention group. The background to the project is that waste prevention is the highest priority in the waste hierarchy according to the EU Waste Directive. One other reason is the heavily increasing discussions in society on food waste in general. The project has been focusing on amounts of food waste, causes for food waste generation and initiatives to reduce the amounts of food waste from the retail and wholesale sector. Furthermore it gives some recommendations to measures that could be taken to change the present situation.



Initiatives and actions taken to reduce food-waste

There are a number of initiatives, or planned initiatives to reduce the amount of food waste. Here we have divided them in to “general” — meaning initiatives that we think have an impact on the retail and wholesale sector but not necessarily origin from this sector and “sector specific” — meaning initiatives that are/should be taken within the sector itself. Closely linked to initiatives are policy instruments that could help the process of reducing food waste. The policy instruments are either set by the government to influence the sector (or others) to reduce the waste amounts or by the sector to influence the households (or others).


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