TV Chef, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, has had an instant impact on the hospitality industry with the launch of a new nationwide Food Waste Collection service.
Chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is using a BBC documentary to go to war on food waste, highlighting the fact that 15million tons of food and drink were thrown away in the UK in 2013.
The campaign was quickly endorsed by Allison Ogden-Newton from national charity Keep Britain Tidy, who added that once waste has been created, “… it is vital people do the right thing by making sure it does not end up in landfill.’
Now, national waste management company, 707, has responded to these comments with the launch of ‘Food Waste Direct’, a campaign geared specifically to restaurants, bars, pubs, hotels and fast food restaurants throughout the UK.
Through the scheme, small businesses can have their food waste collected as often or as little as required, diverting it from landfill and instead sending it to anaerobic plants to be converted into energy.
With 40 per cent of waste currently ending up in landfill, Matt Miles, MD of 707, believes food waste recycling is an ideal way for businesses to boost their sustainability credentials, and appeal to consumers who are ever more environmentally-conscious:
“This new service offers an innovative, flexible approach to handling the many tons of food waste produced by bars, pubs, hotels and fast food in the UK.
“With tough legislation in place on food waste in Scotland and the rest of the UK likely to follow suit, we can help businesses to comply with the current regulations and prepare for further up and coming changes.
“Disposing of food waste responsibly is becoming increasingly important as landfill diversion becomes the focus of waste management policy and this service makes it easier and more affordable for businesses to play their part.”
“Over the past 20 years the hospitality sector has come a long way as an industry, with the change in wider landfill behaviour being driven by two key elements – effective targets and taxation. Now, our shared goal of zero food waste to landfill is the next challenge, and we are working very closely with our partners in the industry to make a sustainable future a reality.”
707 Resource Management is a privately-owned, Leeds-based waste management and recycling broker. They provide a complete national service and handle all types of waste for many organisations, including regional and national companies with multiple sites across Britain.
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