Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) has revealed it has cut its food waste and associated packaging and increased recycling as part of a UK-wide Hospitality and Food Service voluntary agreement.
The agreement aims to cut food waste and associated packaging by 5% and increase the overall rate of food waste and associated packaging which is being recycled, sent to anaerobic digestion or composted by up to 70% by 2015.
EICC says it has achieved a 5.1% reduction in total food waste and associated packaging volumes down from 87 tonnes to 82.6 tonnes, against a baseline established in 2012. In the same period, EICC delivered a 7.6% increase in its food and packing waste recycling rate, up from 75.2% to 82.7%.
“A focus on waste reduction meets a clearly expressed need from our customers who rate concern for the environment highly when making venue choices and makes sound business sense because it maintains downward pressure on operating cost,” EICC chief executive Marshall Dallas.
The Hospitality and Food Service voluntary agreement is supported in Scotland by Zero Waste Scotland and WRAP. These government agencies provide support and funding, including free practical tools and training to tackle the estimated 53,500 tonnes of food waste that is currently disposed of every year in the Scottish hospitality industry.
EICC recently appointed resource recovery specialists Olleco to process cooking oils and other food waste diverting them from landfill. The company converts waste into renewable resources such as biodiesel and biogas.
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