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FoodSave Scheme

London has launched a new voluntary scheme for cafes, pubs, restaurants and wholesalers to reduce food waste, saving thousands of pounds in the process. FoodSave, launched in November 2013, is a project to help small and medium-size food businesses to reduce their food waste, put surplus food to good use and dispose of unavoidable food waste more responsibly, through processes such as composting or anaerobic digestion. Its 21 offers of food waste audits and promotes simple measures, such as offering customers different portion sizes, measuring side dishes in cups, using leftover food for its soup of the day and menu specials, and raising staff awareness of what not to throw away. The FoodSave scheme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the London Waste and Recycling Board and the Mayor of London, has been run in partnership with the Sustainable Restaurant Association that delivered FoodSave for food service and hospitality businesses (including restaurants, pubs, staff canteens, hotels and cafes) and Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming that ran the project for retailers, manufacturer and wholesalers.