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Food waste collections for businesses in a rural area

Food waste collections for businesses in a rural area
Food waste collections for businesses in a rural area
A telephone survey of businesses was used to inform a decision about whether a year-long trial trade food waste collection scheme for SMEs could be introduced into a rural district of England (North Norfolk). The average waste production site-1 was 8,437 l month-1 (median 4,400 l month-1; range 240- 88,000 l month-1), with food waste representing an average of 5% of the total. The encouraging outcomes from the survey resulted in a weekly collection service being offered to all businesses in the district. However, this initial interest did not subsequently translate into a sufficient number of actual customers for the service for it to be considered viable. Factors that probably contributed to the low take-up of the service are discussed. A number of requirements must be met if such a scheme is to be successful, including significant and sustained buy-in from local businesses, the availability of a licensed local site for processing the waste, a cost mechanism that incentivises the use of the service, and a collection system that is suitable for business needs while being operationally efficient.
waste management, food waste, business
International Waste Working Group
Garfield, Richard
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Williams, Ian
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Garfield, Richard
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Garfield, Richard and Williams, Ian (2013) Food waste collections for businesses in a rural area. In Sardinia_2013: Fourteenth International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium. International Waste Working Group..

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A telephone survey of businesses was used to inform a decision about whether a year-long trial trade food waste collection scheme for SMEs could be introduced into a rural district of England (North Norfolk). The average waste production site-1 was 8,437 l month-1 (median 4,400 l month-1; range 240- 88,000 l month-1), with food waste representing an average of 5% of the total. The encouraging outcomes from the survey resulted in a weekly collection service being offered to all businesses in the district. However, this initial interest did not subsequently translate into a sufficient number of actual customers for the service for it to be considered viable. Factors that probably contributed to the low take-up of the service are discussed. A number of requirements must be met if such a scheme is to be successful, including significant and sustained buy-in from local businesses, the availability of a licensed local site for processing the waste, a cost mechanism that incentivises the use of the service, and a collection system that is suitable for business needs while being operationally efficient.

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Published date: October 2013
Keywords: waste management, food waste, business

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Local EPrints ID: 418837
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/418837
PURE UUID: 8acc2a1f-4b95-4a99-9a56-3d24cf4718e8
ORCID for Ian Williams: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0121-1219

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Date deposited: 23 Mar 2018 17:30
Last modified: 22 Nov 2021 02:52

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Author: Richard Garfield
Author: Ian Williams ORCID iD

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