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Olympia London reduces food waste by 17%

Olympia London has partnered with WRAP in the national campaign ‘Guardians of Grub’, to track its food waste onsite by measuring spoilage, preparation, inedible and plate waste.

Olympia London has revealed that in 2018 it collected 43 tonnes of food waste and in 2019 it reduced its total by 17%. This partnership aims to further reduce its surplus and eradicate food waste from its menu.

To achieve this, Olympia London has encouraged its employees to measure their own food waste and shared tips on portion control, smarter grocery shopping and reutilising leftovers.

The venue has also compared previous event statistics to map target areas to create a tailored solution.

Eleanor Morris, sector specialist hospitality & food service, WRAP, said: “This is a fantastic achievement by Olympia London, and we are delighted that our Guardians of Grub campaign helped support this important drive.

“Olympia London has shown that by raising awareness of food waste and tackling the problem in a measured and holistic way, we can stop good food going to waste. This programme has been a great success both for the benefit of the participating businesses, for the environment, and in showing the public that there is no place for food waste at any Olympia London event.”

Abbey Short, catering manager, Olympia London, added: “We will not give up. Each area of our business is different, so we have to adapt the way we measure to suit each operation, ensuring we capture all stats. We will continue to engage with our customers, visitors and colleagues to understand behaviours around food waste, and work collaboratively until we can say ‘we are a zero‐food waste venue’ in addition to zero to landfill.”