Why does the industry need waste2zero?
Waste remains a mega-trend and one of the biggest challenges to the foodservice and hospitality industry. Food waste, in particular, has emerged as one of the defining sustainability issues of our modern food system, whilst packaging presents a perpetual and colossal problem. In foodservice 920,000 tonnes of food is wasted every year, of which a staggering 75% is avoidable. 30% - 50% of food produced never reaches the human stomach. Simultaneously 1.3 million tonnes of packaging and 0.66 million tonnes of other non-food wastes are also discarded. Much best practice is in evidence; but unacceptable waste culture remains prevalent. Culture is shifting. Media events such as David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II have brought plastics pollution to the public’s attention like never before. A government consultation is exploring whether taxation could reduce use of single-use plastics, increase recycling rates and stimulate the use of alternatives. Our industry needs to showcase best practice more than ever before.
The objective of the Waste2Zero Awards is to specifically give the foodservice and out of home sector a platform for recognition and to showcase best practice and leadership. The by-product is to encourage those still ambivalent about waste to take the issue more seriously and to get involved.
Following the hugely successful inaugural Waste2Zero Awards in December, we’re delighted to announce that the Waste2Zero Awards 2018 will take place in September in 2018.
See video of last years Waste2Zero HERE
See photos of last years Waste2Zero HERE
When: Dinner – September date TBC
Entries Open - June 1st
Entries Close – 31st July