FoodSave Program in London

There are recycling centers like this on the outskirts of the city and in nearly every town in the UK
There are recycling centers like this on the outskirts of the city and in nearly every town in the UK
There are recycling centers like this on the outskirts of the city and in nearly every town in the UK
There are recycling centers like this on the outskirts of the city and in nearly every town in the UK
There are recycling centers like this on the outskirts of the city and in nearly every town in the UK
There are recycling centers like this on the outskirts of the city and in nearly every town in the UK

 

This is food waste left over from the market and looks as if it is still edible. SRA is working directly to prevent this type of food waste.
This is food waste left over from the market and looks as if it is still edible. SRA is working directly to prevent this type of food waste.

The Mayor of London created a FoodSave program that I recently got the change to experience. This program works directly with small and medium food businesses across London to provide critical support that helps businesses prevent food waste, divert surplus food to feed people in need and livestock, and recycle unavoidable food waste.

The combination of the top down and bottom up approach I believe works great for the city. I tour a recycling and waste management facility and had the opportunity to inquire about the structure of the waste management in the London

The project is funded through many channels including; Mayor of London, European Regional Development Fund and London Waste and Recycling Board the service is free for businesses to use.

Two delivery partners, Sustain and the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA), work closely with a number of different food businesses to provide one to one support. Sustain a food waste support organization works with manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and market traders to help divert their surplus food to either charities or farms. The SRA work with restaurants, hotels, cafes, pubs and canteens to reduce their food waste from the beginning

According officials November 2013, FoodSave has supported 91 businesses with 27 businesses currently receiving ongoing support:

Each year the following are being diverted, prevented or saved.
900 tonnes of food waste.
80 tonnes of food waste.
Over $500,000 of total cost savings.

Current the SRA reviews ordering and stock control, preparation techniques and menu portion size reviews to reduce plate waste, which is often a major contributor to food waste costs.

Welcome to London Week 1

Greetings,

My first time flying over the Atlantic, or over the pond as they say here.  Flying into the Heathrow via Virgin Atlantic was a dream. Why have I flown any other way? This is literally the opportunity of a life time and I am so honored to be apart of a program that encourages international study.

What Ive noticed is that the city is SOOOO clean, much cleaner than New York City.  I am eager to figure out how they keep the massive city so clean with millions of people from all different backgrounds and cultures.

Tuesday I start my official tours of facilities including recycling and tradition   waste management. I look forward to keeping you all updated.

 

Keosha aka Future Ex-Pat