Macleay businesses are invited to sign up for Midwaste Regional Waste Forum’s Your Business is Food program to learn more about how to reduce food waste and save money.
The free waste avoidance education program provides advice and simple tips for restaurants, cafes, clubs and hotels to reduce operating costs and divert food waste from landfill.
Eligible businesses will participate in a one-week food waste review to get a clear picture of where food is wasted. An action plan is then developed to outline the steps that businesses can take to improve profit and efficiency. Council’s Coordinator Waste Services, Gavin Hughes, said NSW food businesses throw away one-third of their food.
“A review is an easy way to find out where food is being wasted in your business,” Mr Hughes said. “It will give you some clear ideas on how to reduce excess waste and start saving money.”
The step-by-step program provides practical solutions to tackling the three types of food waste – spoilage, preparation and plate waste.
“Food waste is generated across the business at the purchasing, storage and preparation stages and through leftovers on customers’ plates,” Mr Hughes said.
“What is wasted is not just food, but also staff time and disposal costs.”
Midwaste Regional Waste Forum represents six Mid North Coast Councils whose focus is on waste management, waste minimisation and resource recovery.
The Your Business is Food program is part of the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s Love Food Hate Waste program, which is delivered under Waste Less, Recycle More, funded from the waste levy.
To enquire or register for the program, contact Shannon Larkin on 0434 251 049 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Council can also offer serviceable businesses a weekly green bin collection for food/garden organics to save money and resources going to waste. Please call the Waste Hotline on 1300 342 207 for more information.