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Food Waste Prevention Week to help Dumfries businesses cut waste and save money

Businesses in Dumfries can get support to cut out food waste and save money during Food Waste Prevention Week - a week of free training, events and workshops being held between 5 - 9 February 2018.

5 Feb 18

Scotland has a target to reduce food waste by 33% by 2025. As a nation, in 2013 we produced 1.35 million tonnes of food waste at a big cost to the economy and to businesses. It is estimated that £166 million could be saved through food waste prevention in the hospitality and food services sector alone (2).

The events are organised by experts from Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficient Scotland programme, as part of a nationwide drive to reduce food waste. Zero Waste Scotland’s resource efficiency programme is funded by the Scottish Government and European Regional Development Fund to help SMEs become more efficient.

Since the programme began in 2013, it has helped organisations in Dumfries and Galloway to identify over £ 1.3 million worth of annual savings by reducing waste and cutting energy and water bills (1).

The week kicks off with a webinar on how businesses can avoid throwing surplus food in the bin and distribute it to the local community and local charities instead. The webinar will be broadcast live on 6 February at 11:00 and is held in collaboration with Dumfries based charity First Base Agency. A recording of the webinar will be available to watch soon after. 

Businesses in Dumfries are then invited to join a half-day food waste prevention workshop on 7 February to develop skills to directly tackle food waste in their organisations. The workshop will be held at the Cairndale Hotel & Leisure Club, Dumfries, from 10:00 - 13:30.

Attendees will hear about successful businesses that have reduced waste and are now enjoying big savings. They will also find out about the free support that the Resource Efficient Scotland programme provides to help small- and medium-sized enterprises become more efficient. This includes one-to-one business support, interest free loans, and grants of up to £100,000 to fund waste prevention projects.

Throughout the week, businesses are also being offered free in-house training to help their staff reduce food waste and save money.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland, added

“We are delighted to bring the Food Waste Prevention Roadshow to Dumfries to help local businesses cut the cost of waste, while doing their bit for the environment. Food waste can have a big cost for businesses, but with research suggesting that up to 75% of this could be avoided, handling food more efficiently can unlock big savings.

“For businesses that have done all they can to prevent food waste, we’re particularly excited to be able to introduce the opportunity of redistributing surplus, edible food to those who can use it.

“I’m encouraging all business owners or managers looking to boost their profits in 2018 to come along to these beneficial events.”

Businesses can find out more and register for the Food Waste Prevention Roadshow workshops by visiting www.resourceefficientscotland.com/DumfriesFWPWeek or calling 0808 808 2268.

Dumfries Food Waste Prevention Week is part of Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme, which will invest £29 million in Lowland Scotland in resource efficiency projects until December 2019, thanks to support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


Notes For Editors

  • (1) Since 2013, by helping businesses to take resource efficiency measures, the Resource Efficient Scotland programme has helped organisations realise over £138 million in savings to their business, over the lifetime of those measures.
  • < >http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/food-waste-hospitality-and-food-service-sector
    Zero Waste Scotland launched the Resource Efficient Scotland programme in 2013 to help small to medium sized businesses and organisations save money and energy by using resources more efficiently. It is funded by the European Structural Funds Programme and the Scottish Government. Find out more at www.resourceefficientscotland.org.uk  Contact Resource Efficient Scotland on 0808 808 2268, open 9.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday.
  • The Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme Fund is administered by Zero Waste Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government. It is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
  • The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme. For further information visit the website or follow @scotgovESIF
  • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk . You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland though via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | Google Plus | LinkedIn

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