We are thrilled to have been named a winner at the inaugural Footprint Waste2Zero Awards, winning Best Waste Management Project Award (food) for our innovative approach to waste management.
Food waste is a particularly significant issue in the hospitality sector with impacts that cross environmental, financial and societal boundaries.
We launched our ‘Food Waste Costing the Earth’ programme in 2014 to segregate, weigh and report food waste Through interactive, peer-led and training sessions, we encouraged our teams to recognise various environmental impacts and how they can be mitigated within a normal working day.
Over 900 of our locations now report plate waste, spoilage and production waste – all of which is measured weekly against food and beverage purchases.
Mike Hanson, Head of Sustainable Business, said: “Our work to promote the importance of food waste across our business has resulted in a 37% reduction in food waste, saving our clients over £2 million in disposals costs. Positive engagement from teams across our locations has led to reduced energy consumption, which based on average energy costs had also saved our clients over £176,000. We are delighted to been recognised at industry level and are very proud of the efforts of people within our business to drive change in behaviours in how we manage food waste”.
The inaugural Waste2Zero Awards were held at the Ham Yard Hotel in London’s Soho. Industry experts gathered to celebrate best practice in waste management within the foodservice and hospitality industry.