It is easy to underestimate the social and environmental impact of food waste, so we have outlined some food waste facts, giving you an insight into the issue and why businesses need to make it a priority to recycle their food waste.

It is suggested that around 3 million tonnes of food waste are produced annually by the UK hospitality and food service sector and the cost of food waste to the UK hospitality sector is estimated to be around £2.5 billion per year.

  • Food manufacturers reduced their food waste by 350,000 tonnes between 2011 and 2018, a drop of 21%. Retail food waste dropped by 5% over the same period.
  • 40% of food waste in the hospitality industry is in the form of a carbohydrate with around 20% is potatoes, 13% is bread, and 7% is other items like rice & pasta.
  • Food waste can occur at various stages of the supply chain, including during production, distribution, and retail. The most common reasons for food waste are overproduction, damaged packaging, manufacturing or order mistakes, stock control issues, and cosmetic standards.
  • The UK government are in consultation to address food waste in businesses. For example, WRAP has set voluntary targets for businesses to reduce food waste which could become mandatory in the future.
  • Many businesses are adopting practices to redistribute surplus food to charities and food banks instead of throwing it away. Find out more here: FareShare UK


At Greenzone, we are dedicated to diverting your food waste away from landfill sites. We utilise methods for Food Waste Recovery including:

  • Composting: Your food waste is transformed into valuable soil nutrients, supporting sustainable agriculture and reducing the need for chemical fertilizers. This is an essential aspect of food waste Recycling.
  • Anaerobic Digestion: Microorganisms break down food waste to produce biogas, a renewable source of energy. This biogas can be used to generate electricity, produce organic fertilizers, create slurry for agricultural use, or even serve as animal feed.

We hope these facts highlight the importance of recycling food waste effectively in your business.

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