Free waste audit scheme launched

WASTE MANAGEMENT Company, RiverRidge Recycling, is offering hospitality businesses in Northern Ireland a waste audit to assess how much they could save through reducing waste to landfill.


The scheme launched as part of European Week for Waste Reduction, and aims to show companies how simple changes can have a positive impact on the bottom line.


Pamela Jack, service advisor, RiverRidge Recycling said, “While it might seem that food waste is inevitable in the hospitality sector, a significant amount of food waste is in fact avoidable and we would urge both consumers and, of course, businesses to think about actions they can take to waste less food.


“On average customers are seeing a 38 per cent reduction on their waste management costs and our work with businesses across the hospitality sector has clearly paid off with savings made from diverting waste from landfill, increased recycling rates and segregating waste at the source.”


European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) will take place between the 16th and 24th of November 2013. EWWR is all about how making even the smallest changes in our daily lives can make a big difference in our local environment and help Northern Ireland to move towards becoming a more sustainable and resource-efficient society.


According to WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) the UK hospitality sector (hotels, pubs, restaurants and quick service restaurants) could save £724 million a year by tackling food waste.


The programme is co-funded by the Department of Environment’s Rethink Waste Fund, and administered by WRAP, which is a Government-backed body tasked with improving the use of waste and recyclable resources within Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.