The role of food waste legislation and how to get it right
Food waste legislation comes in many forms: it has been introduced by different levels of government (from city by-laws, to state/regional or national laws), targeting different food waste generators (residents vs. businesses or both) and with varying levels of enforcement (from soft to hard).
Here are some of my top reflections on the role that legislation can play in tackling food waste, and how to get it right.
What Can We Learn From France’s Ban on Food Waste
The French love of food has spread all the way to the bin. In 2016, France passed legislation that prohibited supermarkets from throwing away food. The so-called ban made global headlines, and received praise and criticism in equal measure. Three years on, the ban is still in place. But was it really a ban? And what impact has it had?
How our eating-out culture is fueling the global food waste crisis
The moment I had stepped outside the conference hall to visit a local restaurant and enjoy a traditional Malaysian dish, the food waste crisis in the hospitality sector emerged, revealing its gigantic scale.
TriFOCAL seeking replication cities
Is your city introducing a new food waste collection or making service changes? Looking for new ways to engage with residents? Or want to tackle food waste issues with local businesses, schools and communities? This could be a good opportunity for new communications to your residents.
Top reads food waste – United States
Food waste is a big issue for the United States. About 30-40 percent of food in the US is wasted. It is the largest fraction going into municipal landfills. In this article, we’ve put together a few top reads and resources on tackling food waste in the US.
Top reads food waste – Europe
Europe and some of its cities has been one of the pioneers in combating food waste. In this article, we’d like to share with you a couple of top reads and resources on food waste specific to EU and its cities.
Insights into Designing Effective Food Waste Behaviour Change Campaigns
Common reasons people waste food are because they buy too much, don’t store it correctly, serve too much on their plates and don’t eat their leftovers.
But how can you help households change these habits? Stine Knudsen, a behavioural designer working for the City of Copenhagen, provides invaluable insights.
Leading Food Waste Reduction Programs by the NSW EPA
The New South Wales Environment Protection Authority (NSW EPA) is running programs to assist households and businesses to reduce their food waste. The results are quite impressive, particularly for their program targeting cafes and restaurants. Learn about their approach and the keys to its success.
Top reads food waste – global
How do you find out, as a city, what to read about food waste? In this article, we have compiled your top reads to help cities manage food waste.
Rethinking Rotterdam: Breeding ground for circular food waste concepts
Rotterdam is rethinking their city to take the next step towards a circular economy. Collected food waste becomes a source for new products.
Parma’s journey to world-class food waste recycling levels
I met with Gabriele Folli, the city’s former Deputy Mayor for the Environment, to hear about Parma’s journey. In this interview, Gabriele describes how they introduced the new system. He shares insights into their successes, some of the challenges they faced and how they overcame them.
Salling Group leads Danish retailers to reduce food waste
Salling Group is leading retailers in Denmark to reduce food waste. The group runs several supermarket chains across the country. Since 2014, they have reduced their food waste by 27.7 percent. So what steps have they taken to achieve these results? And how are they measuring their progress?
US action to fight food waste
What is the world’s largest economy doing to tackle food waste? I attended the 2018 US Food Waste Summit to find out.
CCAC: Reduce your food waste together with cities like Buenos Aires
Do you want to tackle food waste as a city but don’t know where to start? The Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) offers cities around the world a platform to learn from other cities’ experiences.
Haven’s: A Zero Waste Kitchen in New York
Restaurants and cafes are known to be massive generators of food waste. It’s just part and parcel of running a food service business, right? But it doesn’t have to be, as Chef David from Haven’s Kitchen explained during a live cooking demonstration at the ISWA World Congress in Baltimore.
Malmo: Communication at the Heart of Food Waste Recycling
Malmö is a Swedish city with an impressive food waste recycling program underpinned by an award-winning communications campaign.
C40 helping cities tackle climate change with food waste management
Cities are where the future happens first. C40 is focused on tackling climate change, and a key strategy is supporting cities to reduce their food waste.
The Big Apple Takes on Food Waste
New York City is tackling organic waste to reduce their impact on climate change. Curbside organic waste collection started as a pilot in 2012 and is now rolled out to 3.3 million city residents.
Food waste reduction and recycling: a solution to the World’s phosphorus crisis
Cities are an important player to solve the World’s phosphorus crisis. They should become an urban mine from waste water and food waste, and make the chain of phosphorus circular.
Milan Achieves World-class Separate Food Waste Collection
Milan is a densely populated city home to 1.3 million inhabitants with a high performing household food waste collection program that collects about 1.3 kg of food waste per person per week, which is well above levels of recycling in most cities around the World.