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Hospitality Food waste: The facts, figures and the way to save

We recently took part in a webinar for the Institute of Hospitality about the benefits of recycling food waste. Presented by our commercial director, Philip Simpson, we explained why it’s so important for hospitality businesses to do their bit to reduce the amount of food waste they generate each year.
Hospitality businesses in the UK generate a staggering 920,000 tonnes of food waste each year, 75% of which is avoidable. It’s vital that, where possible, this can be reduced, although in an industry which handles and serves such large quantities of food, we understand that it isn’t possible to eradicate waste entirely.
When unavoidable food waste does arise, businesses have a responsibility to dispose of it in an appropriate way. During the webinar, we emphasised the benefits that hospitality businesses can enjoy by choosing to recycle their food waste, and why ReFood is the greener, safer, cheaper way to dispose of food waste.
Sending food waste to landfill can be incredibly damaging to the environment, and with UK landfill set to reach full capacity by 2020, it’s no longer a viable method of disposal. We recycle food waste by Anaerobic Digestion (AD), through which we turn it into bio-fertiliser and renewable energy. Because of this, we can help to power homes, and grow crops, which will then be made into food and if wasted, will be returned to us to recycle all over again, making our process closed-loop.
Recycling your food waste with ReFood is also much safer than sending it to landfill. Our process is fully traceable, so you know exactly how your waste is processed, and where it goes. As well as this, when we collect your waste, we’ll replace your full bin with a sanitised one, making the process cleaner, and adhering to the strictest biosecurity standards.
Something which many businesses are unaware of, is that by recycling food waste through AD, you can save money, compared to the cost of sending waste to landfill. Sending food waste to landfill costs upwards of £100 per tonne, which includes disposal charge, tax and transportation. By instead recycling food waste, businesses can make savings of up to 47%. The process is simple and hassle free, we provide businesses with food recycling bins, and then collect them at a convenient time.
As the UK’s leading food waste recycler, we felt that ReFood were well placed to highlight these compelling benefits to the industry. Having established a national network, with sites in Doncaster, Widnes, and most recently, Dagenham, we are able to make food waste collections from the UK’s major cities. Our new Dagenham plant, opened in July, alone has the capacity to divert 160,000 tonnes of waste away from landfill each year.
Food waste is becoming an increasingly severe problem in the UK, and as an industry which contributes significantly to these levels of waste, hospitality businesses have a duty to look to more sustainable disposal methods. We’ve often made the case for food waste recycling, and we hope that hotels, restaurants and cafes across the UK take action to make this much-needed change.

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