A resident from Garston, who wishes to remain anonymous, is “disgusted” with a local supermarket for allegedly wasting large amounts of food.
He claims that Asda on St Albans Road has stopped offering food that is close to its sell-by date at a reduced price and is instead throwing it away.
He shared his concerns over how this will impact retired residents and families who rely on the reductions to afford their weekly food shop.
He said: “They have a wall where they used to put the reductions in the evening, but they have stopped doing it. This means that needier people are missing out.
“Now, they’re just throwing it away. The other day, there was absolutely loads of food they were just dumping as they won’t reduce it anymore. The staff couldn’t get all of the stuff on the shelf, so they just threw it away. They say it is a management decision.
“It is amazing how much food they have wasted. I went in on a Wednesday and there must have been 20 packs of sausages put in the bin. The older people I know go there to get reductions as it helps with their pensions. I think it’s terrible when people are struggling to pay bills.”
A spokesperson for Asda said: “If a product remains unsold after having gone through the ‘yellow sticker’ reduction process, we will remove it from shelves where it will either be donated if it is still in date or reused in another way to ensure we waste as little as possible.”
To find out more about Asda’s food waste data and commitments, please visit www.asda.com/creating-change-for-better/better-planet/waste/food-waste-data