At long, long last, supermarkets seem to have figured out that disposing of perfectly good food is stupid. Marks & Spencer has announced a new partnership with the Neighbourly app, which will see links established between each of its UK stores and local charities.
The scheme is set to go live early next year, and will see M&S distribute surplus food to the people that need it most. As things stand, UK supermarkets waste around 200,000 tonnes of food per year, according to figures from Waste Resources Action Programme. “Our priority is to reduce food waste while ensuring that, where there is a food surplus, we put it to the best possible use,” said Louise Nicholls, M&S' head of responsible sourcing. Tesco and Sainsbury's are already involved in similar schemes. [Guardian]