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Food waste toolkit

Our food waste toolkit will take you through a few steps to understand more about food waste, and give you some tools to start reducing it.

1. Food waste e-module

If you’re new to the fight against food waste, start here. Our e-module will give you a solid introduction to why it’s important to reduce food waste and get you thinking about taking action.

The module is still in testing phase so completing the pre and post questionnaires would be really helpful for us.

Click here to sign up to our food waste e-module. When prompted, choose the group ‘Zero Waste Scotland’.

2. Food waste quick start guide

The best way to understand how you’re doing on food waste is to monitor and measure it. Lots of businesses we work with are surprised by what they find when they measure. 

The calculator is a handy, simple-to-use spreadsheet where you enter daily weights. It calculates some useful facts and figures to help you implement solutions in the right places. Alternatively, the 7-day tracker will give you a snapshot of food waste in your kitchen.

Get started by downloading the measurement calculator and quick start guide or the 7-day tracker.

Once you get going, it would really help us at Zero Waste Scotland if you shared your measurement documents here. Understanding the scope of food waste in Hospitality and Food Services helps us to create the right solutions for you. It’s completely confidential and your individual data will not be shared with anyone.

Watch our video with Glendoick Garden Centre which has already benefited greatly from using the calculator.

3. Posters for kitchens

The most effective way to measure food waste is to segregate it into Plate Waste, Spoilage and Preparation Waste. Our posters will help you create separate food waste stations in your kitchen.

Download 'Plate waste' poster

Download 'Spoilage' poster

Download 'Preparation waste' poster

4. Tips for reducing food waste

Now that you know where your food waste is coming from you can start reducing it. Our guide gives you ideas for reducing plate waste, spoilage and preparation waste.

Download our guide to reduce food waste.

5. Advice and Support Service

Want free support to help you to reduce food waste? There’s a team of advisors ready to support. You can get a free on-site or virtual assessment to identify and quantify opportunities, a bespoke report detailing the opportunities and next steps, as well follow up support to start recognising the savings.

You can apply for a free food and drink opportunity assessment by emailing food.drink@zerowastescotland.org.uk

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