Hospitality industry could save millions

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by Margaret Little 

For some time, it has been recognised that the hospitality industry is not recycling enough of its recyclable waste.  Unlike domestic households where waste tends to be disposed of in various recycling containers, the hospitality industry is more likely to dispose of its waste in mixed containers.

Zero Waste Scotland is the organisation set up by the Scottish Government to deliver a Zero Waste Plan and it is now urging the hospitality sector to do more to prevent food waste, increase recycling and improve their environmental management processes.  A report carried out by the organisation, published this week, shows that in Scotland 130,000 tonnes of waste goes to landfill from the hospitality industry and of this, 77% is recyclable. 

Food waste tops the list at 41%.  However if a combination of preventing food waste where possible and recycling unpreventable food waste was adopted, Scotland could save in the region of 150,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions.  This would be similar to taking almost 50,000 cars off the road for one year.

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead welcomed the report commenting: “Scotland’s hospitality sector plays a huge role in our economy and is enjoyed by visitors and residents alike.  It’s staggering that an estimated £64 million could be saved by the Scottish hospitality sector each year through preventing food waste and increasing recycling.  Harnessing the energy and resource potential of food waste – which can be made into clean energy and fertilizer – is a core aim of our zero waste agenda.

“The Scottish Government wants to drive behaviour change in all sectors to prevent waste arising in the first place and recycle what we can.  In support of this, the Scottish Government has provided over £6 million to expand the network of anaerobic digestion facilities across Scotland, and is making a further £4 million available to support the collection of food waste.”

Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland said: “This report identifies a real opportunity for businesses of all sizes operating in the Scottish hospitality sector to cash in on cost savings by taking simple actions to prevent food waste and recycle more.

“Many businesses in the hospitality sector are already working hard to increase recycling rates, and Scotland’s commitment to becoming a ‘green tourism’ destination will hopefully motivate more businesses in the sector to embrace zero waste.  However the amount of waste going to landfill which could be recycled still remains an issue in this sector.

“Recycling unavoidable food waste holds dual benefits.  Not only could it help firms reduce landfill disposal costs, it also prevents greenhouse gas emissions given off as the material breaks down.  Sending food waste to anaerobic digestion (AD) instead allows that gas to be used for renewable energy and we are seeing real growth in AD infrastructure at present.”

39 COMMENTS

  1. Its all very well the government wanting the hospitality industry to re-cycle food waste, but they will have a hard job getting the councils to co-operate. I have spent quite a bit of time over the years developing just such a project (called Project Brock). About 4 years ago I, through my local councillor, submitted it to Highland Council, the idea being that it would create employment in some of the rural areas, and all profits would go to the council.

    It lay on someone’s desk for a year, UNREAD, before my councillor retrieved it.

    They are just not interested (or stupid). I am inclined to the latter

    • Sadly so Cardrossian, I also e-mailed various councillors on the subject of AD some time ago and got a resounding ….SILENCE!

      Unfortunately there appears to be a perceived problem within the agriculture sector, it recently having been reported that they were only being paid 13p/kw for power produced by Anaerobic Digestion.
      They seem to have forgotten lessons from the Victorian era, wherein gardeners used the heat from rotting manure to grow pineapples of all things! Not that I would reccomend surrounding houses with dung-heaps to keep them warm!
      It is probable too that they have never heard of the French genius gardener, Jean Pain, who invented a composting system based on using brash and trash from the maquis (scrub)surrounding his home. From this he obtained hot water, very good compost and, most importantly, METHANE! This he used to cook and also to power various truks and tractors

      His work can be seen on you-tube and also Mother Earth News. http://www.permacultureactivist.net/peterbain/Jean_Pain.html is pretty good too.

      I did at one point send something similar to Scottish Farmer Magazine, but got the silent treatment there too … guess they think gardeners are beneath them!

    • Sadly so Cardrossian, I also e-mailed various councillors on the subject of AD some time ago and got a resounding ….SILENCE!

      Unfortunately there appears to be a perceived problem within the agriculture sector, it recently having been reported that they were only being paid 13p/kw for power produced by Anaerobic Digestion.
      They seem to have forgotten lessons from the Victorian era, wherein gardeners used the heat from rotting manure to grow pineapples of all things! Not that I would reccomend surrounding houses with dung-heaps to keep them warm!
      It is probable too that they have never heard of the French genius gardener, Jean Pain, who invented a composting system based on using brash and trash from the maquis (scrub)surrounding his home. From this he obtained hot water, very good compost and, most importantly, METHANE! This he used to cook and also to power various truks and tractors

      His work can be seen on you-tube and also Mother Earth News. http://www.permacultureactivist.net/peterbain/Jean_Pain.html is pretty good too.

      I did at one point send something similar to Scottish Farmer Magazine, but got the silent treatment there too … guess they think gardeners are beneath them!

    • Sadly so Cardrossian, I also e-mailed various councillors on the subject of AD some time ago and got a resounding ….SILENCE!

      Unfortunately there appears to be a perceived problem within the agriculture sector, it recently having been reported that they were only being paid 13p/kw for power produced by Anaerobic Digestion.
      They seem to have forgotten lessons from the Victorian era, wherein gardeners used the heat from rotting manure to grow pineapples of all things! Not that I would reccomend surrounding houses with dung-heaps to keep them warm!
      It is probable too that they have never heard of the French genius gardener, Jean Pain, who invented a composting system based on using brash and trash from the maquis (scrub)surrounding his home. From this he obtained hot water, very good compost and, most importantly, METHANE! This he used to cook and also to power various truks and tractors

      His work can be seen on you-tube and also Mother Earth News. http://www.permacultureactivist.net/peterbain/Jean_Pain.html is pretty good too.

      I did at one point send something similar to Scottish Farmer Magazine, but got the silent treatment there too … guess they think gardeners are beneath them!

    • Sadly so Cardrossian, I also e-mailed various councillors on the subject of AD some time ago and got a resounding ….SILENCE!

      Unfortunately there appears to be a perceived problem within the agriculture sector, it recently having been reported that they were only being paid 13p/kw for power produced by Anaerobic Digestion.
      They seem to have forgotten lessons from the Victorian era, wherein gardeners used the heat from rotting manure to grow pineapples of all things! Not that I would reccomend surrounding houses with dung-heaps to keep them warm!
      It is probable too that they have never heard of the French genius gardener, Jean Pain, who invented a composting system based on using brash and trash from the maquis (scrub)surrounding his home. From this he obtained hot water, very good compost and, most importantly, METHANE! This he used to cook and also to power various truks and tractors

      His work can be seen on you-tube and also Mother Earth News. http://www.permacultureactivist.net/peterbain/Jean_Pain.html is pretty good too.

      I did at one point send something similar to Scottish Farmer Magazine, but got the silent treatment there too … guess they think gardeners are beneath them!

    • Sadly so Cardrossian, I also e-mailed various councillors on the subject of AD some time ago and got a resounding ….SILENCE!

      Unfortunately there appears to be a perceived problem within the agriculture sector, it recently having been reported that they were only being paid 13p/kw for power produced by Anaerobic Digestion.
      They seem to have forgotten lessons from the Victorian era, wherein gardeners used the heat from rotting manure to grow pineapples of all things! Not that I would reccomend surrounding houses with dung-heaps to keep them warm!
      It is probable too that they have never heard of the French genius gardener, Jean Pain, who invented a composting system based on using brash and trash from the maquis (scrub)surrounding his home. From this he obtained hot water, very good compost and, most importantly, METHANE! This he used to cook and also to power various truks and tractors

      His work can be seen on you-tube and also Mother Earth News. http://www.permacultureactivist.net/peterbain/Jean_Pain.html is pretty good too.

      I did at one point send something similar to Scottish Farmer Magazine, but got the silent treatment there too … guess they think gardeners are beneath them!

  2. Its all very well the government wanting the hospitality industry to re-cycle food waste, but they will have a hard job getting the councils to co-operate. I have spent quite a bit of time over the years developing just such a project (called Project Brock). About 4 years ago I, through my local councillor, submitted it to Highland Council, the idea being that it would create employment in some of the rural areas, and all profits would go to the council.

    It lay on someone’s desk for a year, UNREAD, before my councillor retrieved it.

    They are just not interested (or stupid). I am inclined to the latter

  3. Its all very well the government wanting the hospitality industry to re-cycle food waste, but they will have a hard job getting the councils to co-operate. I have spent quite a bit of time over the years developing just such a project (called Project Brock). About 4 years ago I, through my local councillor, submitted it to Highland Council, the idea being that it would create employment in some of the rural areas, and all profits would go to the council.

    It lay on someone’s desk for a year, UNREAD, before my councillor retrieved it.

    They are just not interested (or stupid). I am inclined to the latter

  4. Its all very well the government wanting the hospitality industry to re-cycle food waste, but they will have a hard job getting the councils to co-operate. I have spent quite a bit of time over the years developing just such a project (called Project Brock). About 4 years ago I, through my local councillor, submitted it to Highland Council, the idea being that it would create employment in some of the rural areas, and all profits would go to the council.

    It lay on someone’s desk for a year, UNREAD, before my councillor retrieved it.

    They are just not interested (or stupid). I am inclined to the latter

  5. Its all very well the government wanting the hospitality industry to re-cycle food waste, but they will have a hard job getting the councils to co-operate. I have spent quite a bit of time over the years developing just such a project (called Project Brock). About 4 years ago I, through my local councillor, submitted it to Highland Council, the idea being that it would create employment in some of the rural areas, and all profits would go to the council.

    It lay on someone’s desk for a year, UNREAD, before my councillor retrieved it.

    They are just not interested (or stupid). I am inclined to the latter

  6. I am entirely disbelieving of those who say ‘recycle’ because most of it probably just ends up in landfill from all sources.

    Recycling in name only.

    I’d sure like to see some figures on the actual % recycling of recyclable waste.

    • Yes, an annual report by councils to our Parliament by say, 1 November and a coallated report by mid December.
      People seem to like league tables, these could encourage some rivalry between councils to the benefit of all!

    • Yes, an annual report by councils to our Parliament by say, 1 November and a coallated report by mid December.
      People seem to like league tables, these could encourage some rivalry between councils to the benefit of all!

    • Yes, an annual report by councils to our Parliament by say, 1 November and a coallated report by mid December.
      People seem to like league tables, these could encourage some rivalry between councils to the benefit of all!

    • Yes, an annual report by councils to our Parliament by say, 1 November and a coallated report by mid December.
      People seem to like league tables, these could encourage some rivalry between councils to the benefit of all!

    • Yes, an annual report by councils to our Parliament by say, 1 November and a coallated report by mid December.
      People seem to like league tables, these could encourage some rivalry between councils to the benefit of all!

  7. I am entirely disbelieving of those who say ‘recycle’ because most of it probably just ends up in landfill from all sources.

    Recycling in name only.

    I’d sure like to see some figures on the actual % recycling of recyclable waste.

  8. I am entirely disbelieving of those who say ‘recycle’ because most of it probably just ends up in landfill from all sources.

    Recycling in name only.

    I’d sure like to see some figures on the actual % recycling of recyclable waste.

  9. I am entirely disbelieving of those who say ‘recycle’ because most of it probably just ends up in landfill from all sources.

    Recycling in name only.

    I’d sure like to see some figures on the actual % recycling of recyclable waste.

  10. I am entirely disbelieving of those who say ‘recycle’ because most of it probably just ends up in landfill from all sources.

    Recycling in name only.

    I’d sure like to see some figures on the actual % recycling of recyclable waste.

  11. At the SNP Annual Conference last year in Perth the SNP passed a motion by acclaim requesting the Scottish Government to investigate the practicalities of introducing compulsory refundable deposits on all bottles, cans, cartons and packaging.

    Not only would this have a zero cost to the consumer it would rid Scotland of litter, reduce waste collection and landfill disposal penalties but force producers to consider how containers could be reused several times.

  12. At the SNP Annual Conference last year in Perth the SNP passed a motion by acclaim requesting the Scottish Government to investigate the practicalities of introducing compulsory refundable deposits on all bottles, cans, cartons and packaging.

    Not only would this have a zero cost to the consumer it would rid Scotland of litter, reduce waste collection and landfill disposal penalties but force producers to consider how containers could be reused several times.

  13. At the SNP Annual Conference last year in Perth the SNP passed a motion by acclaim requesting the Scottish Government to investigate the practicalities of introducing compulsory refundable deposits on all bottles, cans, cartons and packaging.

    Not only would this have a zero cost to the consumer it would rid Scotland of litter, reduce waste collection and landfill disposal penalties but force producers to consider how containers could be reused several times.

  14. At the SNP Annual Conference last year in Perth the SNP passed a motion by acclaim requesting the Scottish Government to investigate the practicalities of introducing compulsory refundable deposits on all bottles, cans, cartons and packaging.

    Not only would this have a zero cost to the consumer it would rid Scotland of litter, reduce waste collection and landfill disposal penalties but force producers to consider how containers could be reused several times.

  15. At the SNP Annual Conference last year in Perth the SNP passed a motion by acclaim requesting the Scottish Government to investigate the practicalities of introducing compulsory refundable deposits on all bottles, cans, cartons and packaging.

    Not only would this have a zero cost to the consumer it would rid Scotland of litter, reduce waste collection and landfill disposal penalties but force producers to consider how containers could be reused several times.

  16. I recycle what I can, but at present a zero waste policy is impossible.

    Realistic targets need setting, then people will be more encouraged to assist.

  17. I recycle what I can, but at present a zero waste policy is impossible.

    Realistic targets need setting, then people will be more encouraged to assist.

  18. I recycle what I can, but at present a zero waste policy is impossible.

    Realistic targets need setting, then people will be more encouraged to assist.

  19. I recycle what I can, but at present a zero waste policy is impossible.

    Realistic targets need setting, then people will be more encouraged to assist.

  20. I recycle what I can, but at present a zero waste policy is impossible.

    Realistic targets need setting, then people will be more encouraged to assist.

  21. I think Supermarkets should be targeted just as much ase the Service Industry, to recycle their waste. At the end of each day skips full of waste are generated at each supermarket. Some would rather throw out food products than reduce their price and sell them off before the day ends.

  22. I think Supermarkets should be targeted just as much ase the Service Industry, to recycle their waste. At the end of each day skips full of waste are generated at each supermarket. Some would rather throw out food products than reduce their price and sell them off before the day ends.

  23. I think Supermarkets should be targeted just as much ase the Service Industry, to recycle their waste. At the end of each day skips full of waste are generated at each supermarket. Some would rather throw out food products than reduce their price and sell them off before the day ends.

  24. I think Supermarkets should be targeted just as much ase the Service Industry, to recycle their waste. At the end of each day skips full of waste are generated at each supermarket. Some would rather throw out food products than reduce their price and sell them off before the day ends.

  25. I think Supermarkets should be targeted just as much ase the Service Industry, to recycle their waste. At the end of each day skips full of waste are generated at each supermarket. Some would rather throw out food products than reduce their price and sell them off before the day ends.

  26. Best before, sell by and use by dates are to blame for a lot of wastage, though I must admit, the local co-op (kirrie) does have a section for short-coded stuff which we always check.
    If we’ve bought something and then find it cheaper, we always go for the cheaper option… gorra watch the pennies on a pension!

  27. Best before, sell by and use by dates are to blame for a lot of wastage, though I must admit, the local co-op (kirrie) does have a section for short-coded stuff which we always check.
    If we’ve bought something and then find it cheaper, we always go for the cheaper option… gorra watch the pennies on a pension!

  28. Best before, sell by and use by dates are to blame for a lot of wastage, though I must admit, the local co-op (kirrie) does have a section for short-coded stuff which we always check.
    If we’ve bought something and then find it cheaper, we always go for the cheaper option… gorra watch the pennies on a pension!

  29. Best before, sell by and use by dates are to blame for a lot of wastage, though I must admit, the local co-op (kirrie) does have a section for short-coded stuff which we always check.
    If we’ve bought something and then find it cheaper, we always go for the cheaper option… gorra watch the pennies on a pension!

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