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Food Waste Management York

Every year, between a third and half of all food produced is thrown away. According to the Guardian, producers, merchants, and consumers waste about 45 percent of all fruits and vegetables, 35 percent of fish and shellfish, 30 percent of grains, and 20 percent of meat and dairy products each year. 

Most times, this food waste ends up in landfills, which is dangerous for the environment. Don’t let your company’s food waste have the same fate, call York Waste to handle all your food waste management services. We’ll even provide you with free bins and deliver them to your premises for free. Call us on 01904 295 130. 

What is Food Waste?

Water, seeds, labor, machinery, energy, and fertilizer are all needed to grow food. Allowing food to go to waste is thus a waste of natural resources that raises costs, raises food prices, and undermines the food supply chain. Any edible and inedible elements of food that have been removed from the food supply chain to be recovered or disposed of (including composted, crops ploughed in/not harvested, anaerobic digestion, bio-energy production, co-generation, incineration, disposal to sewage, landfill, or tossed to sea) is called food waste.

Food waste refers to food that is fit for human consumption that is discarded after it has been held past its expiration date or allowed to spoil. This is frequently related to food spoilage, but it can also be due to other factors such as market surplus or individual customer shopping/eating habits.

Reducing Food Waste York

The majority of people are unaware of how much food they waste on a daily basis, from uneaten leftovers to damaged fruit. In 2018, around 68 percent of the discarded food we produced—roughly 42.8 million tons—was projected to have ended up in landfills or combustion factories. We can help businesses and consumers save money, offer a bridge in our communities for those who don’t have enough to eat, and protect resources for future generations by managing food wisely and decreasing waste.

Food waste can be reduced by planning, preparing, and properly storing food.

Sometimes, however, food waste is unavoidable and the best you can do as a business is do a waste audit so you have a clear idea of where the food waste is coming from the most. That way, you’ll be able to implement strategies that will help you reduce the waste. Furthermore, due to the perishable nature of fresh food, retailers frequently have excess inventory. Distribute extra edible food to charities instead of tossing out food that can’t be sold but is still edible.

Food Waste Recycling York

Anaerobic digestion is the name given to the process of recycling food. Inside an enclosed system, microorganisms break down food waste in the absence of oxygen. As it decomposes, methane is released, which is collected and processed into biogas, which is then utilized to generate power. It also produces a nutrient-dense digestate that can be utilized as a fertilizer and for soil regeneration

In simple steps, the anaerobic process is as follows:

  • Food waste is taken to anaerobic digestion plants and deposited in sealed storage areas.
  • A digester tank is then heated and filled with food waste that has already been crushed.
  • A methane gas collection system generates electricity that’s distributed to homes and businesses via the electricity grid.
  • Upon completion of the operation, the liquid left behind is pasteurized and then used as fertilizer for farms.
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