Food waste management tips for facility managers

Did you know that the UK throws away around 9.5 million tonnes of food waste every year? In today’s eco-conscious world, it is expected of businesses to apply sustainable policies in order to reduce their environmental impact. 

Facility managers play a big role in ensuring the efficiency of an organisation’s operations, including waste management. That’s why we’ve put together some helpful food waste management tips to help businesses identify areas of improvement, and raise awareness of the critical food waste issues experienced on a global scale this Stop Food Waste Day. 


  1. Know what food waste you generate

The first step to managing your food waste is to know how much you’re generating. This can be done by conducting a food waste audit to identify any issues and opportunities for improvement. Facility managers can then start to develop strategies to reduce the amount of waste produced. 


  1. Educate employees on the importance of food waste management

Once you have a plan in place, it’s important to educate your employees, customers and tenants on food waste management too. This will ensure everyone is on board, allowing you to better streamline your company’s waste management policies. 


  1. Compost food waste

One way facility managers can reduce food waste is to compost it. This can be done either on-site or off-site using designated bins or via a waste management collection company. It avoids sending foods such as vegetable or fruit peelings, old tea bags and coffee to landfill and turned into fertiliser instead. 


  1. Donate surplus food

Another food waste management tip is to donate edible surplus food to local organisations like food banks or shelters that serve those who need it most. It’s just one of the many ways your businesses can help save the planet and individuals at risk of hunger within the community. 


  1. Measure your progress

It’s important to measure your progress to see if your food waste efforts are making a difference. Keeping an inventory of your food with details on their use by dates and where every product is stored can help you identify trends, deal with spoiled food and maintain portion control. 


By following these food waste management tips, you can effectively save money, minimise the amount of food waste produced and make a real difference to the environment.  


Get in touch 

If you’re in need of a facilities management company to help improve the sustainability of your business, contact hebs Group on 0151 236 0707 and we’ll be happy to help with your enquiry. 

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