Waste remains endemic and a mega-trend and one of the biggest challenges to the foodservice and hospitality industry. Food waste, in particular, has emerged as one of the defining sustainability issues of our modern food system. Plastics, packaging and other non-food waste presents a perpetual and colossal problem, whilst micro-plastic waste threatens the food chain itself.
In the out of home sector, around a million tonnes of food is wasted every year, of which a staggering 75% is avoidable. Simultaneously, 1.3 million tonnes of packaging and 0.66 million tonnes of other non-food wastes are also discarded.
Much best practice is in evidence; but an unacceptable waste culture also remains prevalent.
The objective of waste2zero - the first awards of its kind in the sector - is to specifically give the out of home industry a platform to showcase best practice and recognise excellence in this vital area. The natural by-product is to encourage those organisations – and there are some - still indifferent about waste, to take the issue more seriously and to get involved in its management and prevention at a business level.
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