How does Luxembourg deal with food waste?
How does Luxembourg deal with food waste? As a matter of concern to all, the government launched an awareness and information campaign in October 2016 as part of World Food Day. This was part of a study published by the Department of the Environment.
A working group was set up with heads of the "agrifood" sector, with the aim of combating food waste.
A "Together Against Waste" pamphlet is available, aiming to combat bad waste habits and a conference was organised last year for industry professionals. An "AntiGasp" (anti-waste) week was launched in school canteens.
30% waste reduction in canteens
The website antigaspi.lu exists (available in German only) to help households reduce waste. On it one can find tips on how to reuse leftover food and understand food labels.
Apart from households, canteens also produce a large amount of waste and in light of this a study was launched to quantify it and study how to reduce waste as much as possible.
The "Clever Iessen" (clever eating) project will soon be launched for consumers in order to encourage sustainable consumption. On top of that, a television series "Manner Ass Mei" is being broadcast by RTL.
In a joint response to the various campaigns, the Ministries for Environment and Agriculture have pointed out that similar measures were also launched by the European Commission. According to their statement, the canteen awareness campaign has resulted in a food waste reduction of 30 per cent.
A new study will be launched next year to assess behavioural patterns and ascertain how much the awareness and information campaigns have had effect.
Luxembourg now expects more action from the European Commission.
(Adam Walder, firstname.lastname@example.org, +352 49939721)