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FEATURE Cawleys


Businesses want to take a bigger bite out of food waste


Did you know that the UK produces the highest amount of food waste in Europe and throws away around 9.5 million tonnes of food waste in a single year? With stats like that, it’s no wonder that food waste is becoming an increasing worry and has become an urgent issue that can’t be avoided. Although food waste is probably something that can never be completely eliminated, there is a possibility that it can be drastically reduced – but only if a concerted eff ort is made by all in the food chain – consumers, retailers and manufacturers. In our area there is a growing appetite to make


a diff erence and local businesses really do want to take a bigger bite out of food waste. Recent research from Cawleys, the Luton-based recycling specialist, revealed that 97% of businesses in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire think it is important to recycle,


however only 18% believe they are recycling food and coff ee waste eff ectively. When asked which types of recycling is collected


most eff ectively in their organisation, over 60% of respondents cite paper and card as the items that were easiest to collect and separate. However, only relatively few businesses, fewer than two in 10, felt that they were collecting and segregating food waste effectively for recycling. Even fewer, 10% said they were collecting coff ee cups and coff ee grounds successfully. Food waste is causing signifi cant damage to


the environment. Globally, we waste one third of all food produced for human consumption, this is a massive fi gure that contributes signifi cantly to global warming. Food waste is a problem at all stages of the


process. At the consumer end, buying too much and throwing away leftovers is an issue, but perhaps more damaging is the volume of food wasted at retail and manufacture level. Retailers have begun to recognise the part they need to play and initiatives such as the online app Too Good To Go allows consumers to purchase food that would


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