To issue of reducing food waste has come under the spotlight with the launch of the Government’s new Step up to the Plate scheme.

Speaking at the launch event this week, environment secretary Michael Gove, called on restaurants and supermarkets to commit to halving food waste by 2030.

“Every year, millions of tonnes of good, nutritious food is thrown away. This is an environmental, economic and moral scandal, and I am determined to tackle it,” said Gove.

“I urge businesses to join me in signing the pledge to deliver real change to stop good food going to waste,” he added.

Companies who sign the pledge can apply for funding from a £6m scheme to help them monitor their food waste and invest in reducing and redistributing it through food banks and charities.

The UK wastes 10.2m tonnes of food per year, according to the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, of which one million comes from the hospitality sector.

The target to halve food waste by 2030 is in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3.