Store rapped at food waste
AN angry resident demanded that a wasteful supermarket must recycle better and give more of its unsold food to charity. Maura Moloney, 66, of Brondesbury Villas, Kilburn, was appalled to see members of staff dumping out-of-date food into a bin when she
AN angry resident demanded that a 'wasteful' supermarket must recycle better and give more of its unsold food to charity.
Maura Moloney, 66, of Brondesbury Villas, Kilburn, was appalled to see members of staff dumping out-of-date food into a bin when she walked past Tesco, in Kilburn High Road, around closing time on Friday.
Ms Moloney, who has lived in Kilburn for 40 years, said she cannot believe the store does not do more to make use of the food, especially when there are homeless people sleeping around the corner.
She said: "There were homeless people nearby. They could have put it outside and said help yourself.
"Another store has a transit van that comes full of food that could not be sold to hand out to the homeless.
"I have a green bin and that's always being checked for potatoes peelings - I'm being harassed, so why aren't Tesco?
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"It's a disgraceful waste, when there are hungry people around.
"Why doesn't someone go around to Tesco and ask them to give the food to charity? Even if they just give it to me, I'll take a couple of loaves."
A Tesco spokesman said: "As a company we have very little food waste as we do rotate stock and reduce prices to ensure food waste is kept at a minimum.
"Unfortunately we are unable to donate food past its sell by date to any charitable schemes. We do have schemes around the country to which we do donate food that is either damaged or close to its sell by and we will look into this individual matter at the store.