Food waste a priority for “sustainable cities”

BUSINESSES, COMMUNITIES and local authorities need to better manage food waste, according to one of the UK’s leading waste companies.


As part of its new manifesto, Veolia Environmental Services called on the Government to encourage local authorities and businesses across the UK to collect the seven million tonnes of food waste arising each year.


If just half of this waste was collected across the UK it could save up to 350,000 tonnes of CO2 and generate around 700,000 MWh of electricity, Veolia claims. That’s enough electricity to power 140,000 homes or removing approximately 90,000 cars off the road each year.


This the company’s third manifesto. Entitled “Making Sustainable Cities a Reality”, it examines a range of issues that affect the whole recycling and waste industry.


“We believe the sustainable city dream must now become a reality,” said CEO Estelle Brachlianoff. “Businesses, local authorities and communities should now raise the bar as to what they recycle and understand more what they can do to turn their waste into a resource. This isn’t a short journey but all these goals are within reach and will help the UK reduce carbon emissions year on year.”


The thousands of tonnes of food waste produced by the foodservice and hospitality sector is the subject of much scrutiny. Earlier this year a new voluntary agreement was launched.


Earlier this week some of the sector’s top names called for a change in culture among caterers to deal with the food waste mountain they are creating.