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Ending the culture of food waste in Luxembourg
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Ending the culture of food waste in Luxembourg

30.05.2016 From our online archive
People in Luxembourg generate on average 123 kilos of food waste each year, 56 kilos of which could be avoided, a survey has found.

(JB) People in Luxembourg generate on average 123 kilos of food waste each year, 56 kilos of which could be avoided, a survey has found.

The figures were gathered in the treatment and prevention of food waste in Luxembourg survey, carried out in February 2016 and published in May.

Households generated the highest proportion of food waste, followed by the catering industry and business.

The food waste itself concerned mainly left-overs and surplus food purchased.

The study suggested that consumers surveyed in Luxembourg were concerned about food waste and sought ways to reduce it.

They should receive some support in these steps over the coming months in Luxembourg where a raft of new measures will be rolled out by key actors in the different sectors.

These will focus on optimising the supply and consumption chain and raising awareness among households as well as professionals within hotel schools.

Biodegradable waste management

Another strategic approach will look at recycling biodegradable waste with separate bins.

Already, 36 communes offer residents the opportunity to use a biodegradable bin, the contents of which are composted after being collected.

Businesses are also obliged to sort their waste to ensure it can be appropriately recycled or reused.

Finally, a Grand Ducal ruling from December last year sets out fines for households and businesses which do not separate biowaste of 49 euros and 145 euros respectively. It was not known if any fines had actually been issued for such offences, however.