Every year, around eleven million tons of food waste is generated along the entire food supply chain in Germany, more than six million of it in private households alone. Since 2012, the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) has been showing how consumers can reduce food waste. With its national strategy for reducing food waste, which is currently being further developed, the ministry is focusing not only on private households but also on the primary production, processing, wholesale and retail, and out-of-home catering sectors. The aim is to halve food waste in Germany at retail and consumer level by 2030 and to reduce food waste along the production and supply chain.
At www.zugutfuerdietonne.de, interested parties can find facts about food waste, tips for more sustainable food handling, and creative recipes for the best leftovers. In tutorials, Too Good for the Bin! regularly gives tips on how to recycle food and leftovers. Information is also provided on the wide range of activities in the countries to implement the national strategy.
With the Too Good for the Bin! - Federal Award, the BMEL has been honoring outstanding projects and their initiators every year since 2016, who contribute to reducing food waste with their concrete ideas, pioneering spirit and great commitment. The award goes to projects from a wide range of areas along the entire food supply chain: from production and trade to the processing of food in restaurants and private households.
The Twitter channel @zgfdt will be used to tweet news related to food appreciation.
Tools such as checklists, training materials, flyers, guides, apps for reducing food waste and projects that are committed to more appreciation throughout Germany are presented on the Too Good for the Bin! website: https://www.zugutfuerdietonne.de/jetzt-engagieren/.
The "Guide to passing on food to social institutions - legal aspects" offers information on passing on food that is not marketable but suitable for human consumption. The aim of this guide is to facilitate the transfer of food.