Leading Scottish companies join Hospitality and Food Service Agreement

More Scottish companies in the hospitality and food service sector have signed up to a UK-wide Hospitality and Food Service voluntary agreement to cut food and associated packaging waste and increase recycling.

8 Nov 12

Recent signatories represent the breadth of the sector and include The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh; Edinburgh International Conference Centre; compostable food packaging manufacturers Vegware; and Scottish Water Horizons.  The agreement is being delivered in Scotland by national waste prevention body, Zero Waste Scotland.

Supporters of the agreement in Scotland include BHA Scotland, Glasgow Restaurant Association, Green Tourism Business Scheme, HIT Scotland, Scottish Government, Scottish Tourism Alliance and Visit Scotland.

Environment Secretary, Richard Lochhead said:

“It’s great to see so many Scottish companies leading the way in tackling the 53,500 tonnes of food waste which is currently disposed of every year in the Scottish hospitality industry.  As well as demonstrating their commitment to waste reduction in the sector, businesses could save money and gain a real competitive advantage by getting involved.

“This agreement not only serves to minimise food and packaging waste in the industry, it also helps to spread the message that we can all do a bit more to reduce our food waste.  The Scottish Government’s current food waste campaign highlights easy, simple changes which we can all make to avoid food waste, saving money and protecting the environment.”

Franck Arnold, General Manager at The Balmoral, said:

“At The Balmoral we are always looking for ways to improve the efficiency of our operations, and by reducing the amount of waste we produce, we can save money while minimising our impact on the environment.

“We’re delighted to join so many leading companies in working together to make the industry in Scotland more sustainable, and therefore competitive.”

Iain Gulland, Zero Waste Scotland said:

“By getting involved in this agreement, businesses across Scotland are demonstrating great leadership in becoming more resource efficient, while gaining huge economic advantages and moving towards complying with Waste (Scotland) Regulations.

“By signing up to the Agreement, signatories receive support from us to help them meet the targets.  However any Scottish organisation in the hospitality sector can benefit from considerable support and funding from Zero Waste Scotland, including free practical tools and training. 

“This month will also see Zero Waste Scotland bring together organisations across the country to take part in European Week for Waste Reduction (17-25 November) and raise awareness of how even small changes can make a big difference to the amount of waste we produce.  For more information on events taking place visit www.facebook.com/ewwrscotland.”

This UK-wide voluntary agreement aims to cut food and associated packaging waste by 5% and increase the overall rate of food and packaging waste that is being recycled, sent to anaerobic digestion or composted to 70% by 2015.

The agreement aims to help all size of businesses across the sector, including schools, hospitals, staff canteens, restaurants, pubs and hotels.

Other leading organisations already signed up to the agreement, which was launched in June, include The Gleneagles Hotel, Crieff Hydro, Fairmont St Andrews, BDL Management and the Townhouse Collection, which owns the Bonham and Blythswood Square hotels.

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