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Business Food Waste Management: Our Top 5 Recommendations

The UK Government has abandoned its plans (in England) to introduce compulsory reporting for large and medium companies under its Food Waste initiative. What would have helped to reduce food waste has now been paused.

The need to curb food waste is clear, with Jamie Crummie, co-founder of Too Good To Go, saying that it “contributes 10% of all greenhouse gas emissions, surpassing the aviation industry’s impact”.

Thankfully, all businesses, from SMEs right up to multinational corporations, can still contribute towards a more sustainable future and reap the rewards of doing so. Here are our five recommendations for managing food waste.

  1. Order Only What is Needed

Preventing excess food supplies in the first place is a great foundation for keeping food waste under control. Take into account the number of employees based on site. Consider focusing your staff canteen menu on a few core recipes, whilst catering to everyone’s dietary requirements, to cut down the number of leftover meals.

Doing this means your business will become more financially efficient, as fewer ingredients need to be ordered.

  1. Educate Your Employees on Food Waste

Sustainability is becoming a key requirement for many people as consumers decide to vote with their money. Holding a workshop about food waste could therefore be a popular way to educate your team on the volume of food they consume at work and home.

A group of engaged individuals wanting to try sustainable approaches will benefit our planet.

  1. Pay Attention to Use-by Dates

Managing the lifespan of the ingredients that your company buys is another easy way to minimise how much food is wasted. BusinessWaste.co.uk recommends that businesses check their use-by dates before they buy fresh food. However, once purchased, it’s always worth rotating ingredients so that the ones that are due to expire are used first.

This will also be of financial benefit to staff canteens and restaurants, given that less produce will be thrown away.

  1. Donate Unused Food

Does your business have a surplus of food remaining at the end of each day? Why not donate it to local charities and food banks that will benefit from receiving fresh produce such as fruit and vegetables or packaged produce?

Reaching out to these good causes has the potential to improve the lives of those in need. It will ensure that nothing your business has already paid for is wasted. And this kind act will benefit your public relations moving forward.

It can also mean that less general waste needs to be collected from your premises, lowering the costs associated with waste collection services.

  1. Anaerobic Digestion

Last but certainly not least, anaerobic digestion offers businesses the chance to implement and follow green initiatives. It utilises discarded food to produce an effective biogas that’s “40% carbon dioxide and 60% methane”. This process converts food waste into energy within airtight oxygen-free containers by harnessing the power of microorganisms.

Not only great for the environment, sustainably-generated biogas is:

  • Able to travel through the same pipes as ordinary gas
  • An effective source of power
  • Suitable for the cooking of food and heating of homes
  • An attractive prospect for prospective investors/employees.

It’s only natural that food waste will occur wherever people are employed. However, it’s encouraging that the food waste generated during tea breaks and lunches, plus daily/event catering, can be turned into clean energy.

Make Anaerobic Digestion One of Your Solutions

Looking to create energy from the food waste that your company produces? Contact us and our friendly team on 01652 637803 for more information. No-obligation site visits at our North Lincolnshire site can also be arranged, where we’ll assess how we can best handle your food waste requirements.

 

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