Footprint proudly presents waste2zero, a new awards scheme, headline sponsored by Bunzl Catering Supplies and supported by WRAP, that recognises excellence in Waste Management and Prevention in the foodservice industry.
Waste remains endemic and 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 and other non-food waste presents a perpetual and colossal problem.
In the out of home sector, 920,000 tonnes of food is wasted every year, of which a staggering 75% is avoidable. 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 an unacceptable waste culture also remains prevalent.
Responding to demand, the objective of waste2zero - the first awards of its kind in the sector - is to specifically give the out of home industry a platform to showcase best practice and recognise excellence in this vital area for the first time. The natural by-product is to encourage those organisations still indifferent about waste to take the issue more seriously and to get involved in its management and prevention at a business level.
The 2017 programme opens for entries on September 14th 2017 with the deadline for entries to be received on October 12th 2017. The winners will be announced at the glamorous Awards Party to be held at the Ham Yard Hotel, 1 Ham Yard, Soho, London W1D 7DT on Thursday 6th December 2017.
A word from the Headline Sponsor:
“Committed to making hospitality happen for a more sustainable future, we’ve taken a hands-on approach to tackling some of the big challenges around the issue of waste in the foodservice industry.
What we’ve learnt is that successful solutions are born when we work in partnership with our people, our customers and our suppliers. Waste is a shared problem, so it stands to reason that effective solutions are created when we work together.
In the spirit of this collaboration, and in line with our ongoing objectives to initiate industry dialogue around waste, and to share what we’ve learnt along the way, we’re delighted to be the headline sponsor for the waste2zero awards.
Together with our partner suppliers, Huhtamaki, Linpac and RCP BPI Recycled Products, we’re happy to be lending our support to these exceptionally relevant awards, elevating best practice, and showcasing innovation around waste prevention and management in the foodservice industry.”
Matt Johnson, MD Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Division.