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Food waste in the UK has been in the spotlight since an agreement for businesses to help lower the staggering figures on wasted food. The initial three year trial from 2012 to 2015 yielded good results for those involved, but more can still be done.
Household food waste is extremely high, but food in the hospitality industry takes into account the food which is not sold, which is sent back in a restaurant or which is allowed to go past the best before date – it can even include the scraps on people’s plates at the end of a meal.
There are a number of reasons why food waste is such a bad thing. Just think of all it takes to produce that food; the time, energy and precious resources which go into its production are all wasted if the food is thrown away.
The other big reason we need to reduce this area of waste is due to the fact it often ends up in landfill. It’s not like other materials, because it rots over time and releases harmful gases into the atmosphere. There are approximately 15m tonnes of food waste produced each year in the UK, which is why we should be taking food waste and its handling far more seriously.
In order for businesses to counteract this loss, it’s important that they implement a strategy. The food waste hierarchy is a great way for businesses in the hospitality industry to tackle food waste without having to change their business.
The government has a dedicated structure it would like companies to adhere to when managing their waste. Logically, the first step to implement as part of a business plan is to only order what is needed, reducing the total amount of waste, but for the waste which can’t be combated in this way, the following is suggested:
Those operating in the hospitality industry, where food regularly goes to waste, could help the environmental goals of the country by separating food waste from normal, everyday waste.
If there is no dedicated council collection for food waste in the area then don’t panic, Brown Recycling offer dedicated waste collection services for the hospitality industry. By providing you with dedicated bins to meet your requirements, you can then separate out your food waste and avoid sending it to landfill. This is a tidy and efficient solution, giving you peace of mind knowing your waste is being disposed of properly, recovering as much energy as possible.
Households can do their part, too, by only buying the food they will actually eat and reusing leftovers which can still be eaten. Home composting is popular for those with a larger garden too, developing a fertiliser from food waste to use periodically.
Facilitating the hospitality industry with dedicated food waste collections, simply contact the professional team here at Brown Recycling to find out how we can help your business become more environmentally friendly when it comes to dealing with food waste.