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Food waste scheme

Supermarket chains Carrefour, Hofer, Jerónimo Martins and Vonmar are the latest signatories to a waste agreement launch last year. A total of 21 companies and two associations representing a broad range of retailers have joined the initiative developed by EuroCommerce and the European Retail Round Table, as part of the Retailers’ Environmental Action Programme (REAP) designed to help European consumers reduce their waste streams. Martin Sollbach, co-chair of the Retail Forum, said: “Waste reduction is one important step towards a more resource-efficient society and sustainable economy. “The commerce sector is already addressing waste in its supply chains. The fact is, however, that the majority of waste occurs at consumer level, so we need to help consumers reduce their waste.” Signatories to the initiative have committed to put in place at least two awareness raising initiatives on waste reduction on global and/or national level by June 2014.

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