Sustainable food - it’s not just about waste
Food is our fuel, there are significant challenges ahead in securing food supplies for the world’s growing population, the food we eat has a significant impact on our health, and for those of us in the waste industry food waste represents 1/3 of municipal waste, and when disposed of in landfill, produces methane and carbon dioxide, both greenhouse gases.
More significantly, we are only now beginning to realise the full environmental burden of food waste in terms of the lost resources used across the whole supply chain: from farm to fork.
Work we have done, or are doing in this area covers the full range of services and includes:
Evaluation of WRAP’s food waste trials and support to local authorities in the design and roll out of food waste collections
Recent focus has included the recognition of the food waste reduction impact of introducing food waste collections and linking this with reviews of waste prevention strategies
National research regarding waste composition and waste arisings means that we have an excellent understanding of waste data and trends and can advise on the impact on food waste of different interventions, collections, promotional activities etc. This area is also of interest to the organics processing industry particularly with regard to predicting the composition of feedstock
Contributing to national research into food waste in supply chains, and an international study into the waste drivers’ in relation to food security issues to 2050
Love Food Hate Waste – promotion and public engagement including GMWDA, NLWDA – two of the largest waste disposal authorities in the UK
Food waste in schools – including composting on site and food waste collections in schools – pilots and roll out of collections in Bristol (including in schools workshops, teaching materials as well as liaison with caretakers, kitchen staff and contractors). We are currently undertaking research work for WRAP regarding food waste in schools
Community engagement on food waste issues – working with our 26 community action groups in Oxfordshire – an approach which develops skills and expertise in the community within a supporting network of groups
- Commercial food waste collections pilots
We have identified food issues as being an important area for development in the future and are able to offer a range of products and services for those organisations wishing to tackle food waste issues. We are also interested in exploring with others how these issues relate to other policy agendas including healthy eating, food supply and promotion of allotments and growing your own food.
For more information on any of our services, call us right now on 0117 930 4355.