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CESA to produce new guide for cutting out food waste

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The Catering Equipment Suppliers Association (CESA) is working to produce new guidelines for reducing food waste alongside the Zero Waste Scotland scheme.

They will be drafting the ‘Guide to Managing Food Waste’ with help from the British Hospitality Association, the Catering Equipment Distributors Association and the Foodservice Consultants Society International.

The publication will contain advice on how Scottish businesses can reduce the costs incurred by food waste. It will cover all relevant aspects of waste management, including legislation and the kitchen equipment solutions available.

Nick Oryino, chair of the CESA, said that more than 53,000 tonnes of food waste are is discarded by the Scottish hospitality sector each year.

While regulations require businesses to separate this waste for collection, Mr Oryino claimed there are several other options available that could lead to economic benefits for companies. For example, the introduction of a complete food waste management system, which includes separate collections to include liquid waste and fats, oils and grease.

The CESA believes its operator knowledge and experience will be crucial in meeting targets set by the Scottish government.

“By showing operators how the technologies required to achieve targets can enhance their business, including their profitability, we can fully involve them in meeting the zero waste objective,” Mr Oryino commented.  

Iain Gulland of Zero Waste Scotland said: “The Scottish food industry has already made significant progress to reduce their waste, and this guide will build on that progress by providing relevant information on practical steps to take."

He claimed waste should not be treated as a problem, but as a valuable resource that can save money and help to meet customer expectations around sustainability.

The CESA represents more than 170 companies that supply, service and maintain all types of commercial catering equipment from small utensils to full kitchen schemes. Zero Waste Scotland is an organisation that aims to encourage businesses and the public to use resources in the most efficient way possible.

Information for the new guide is currently being collated and it is likely to be published in the summer. ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801561008-ADNFCR

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