London - Restaurants, pubs and hotels are being encouraged to cut portion sizes, use smaller plates and offer American-style doggy bags for left-overs.
The moves are part of the UK government-backed crusade to cut the 1 million tons of food waste – worth £3-billion – coming out of commercial kitchens every year.
The Stand Up for Food campaign, supported by the government’s waste champion Ben Elliot, has recruited celebrity chefs to help reduce the dumping of perfectly good food. And during September, the UK’s pubs, restaurants, hotels and catering companies are being challenged to cut waste.
Trials have identified how simple steps, such as smaller plates for buffets and not automatically serving coleslaw and sauces with meals, can reduce waste and deliver enormous cash savings.