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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.

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Background

The project was initiated by Nordic Council of Ministers and its waste prevention group. The background to the project is the rapid increase in amounts of food waste in the society, and because waste prevention has the highest priority in the waste hierarchy according to the EU Waste Directive (2008/98/EG). According to the directive, member states must develop waste prevention programmes to be issued no later than December 2013. In the Green Book on Bio-waste (COM(2008)811), prevention of bio-waste is also a theme.

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