There are a range of industries that have been under scrutiny for high levels of waste, most notably food waste. Most recently, the spotlight has been on hotels and the accommodation industry whose buffet breakfasts have been accused as being a “big nightmare”.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, a renowned chef, addressed MPs who are investigating food waste by stating the need for hotel owners to cut down on their food waste.
Food waste in hotels
The hotel and catering industry generates around 10,000 tonnes of wasted food every year, accounting for around 10 per cent of the UK’s total food waste. Many hotels operate their meal times, especially breakfasts under a buffet format.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has criticized this system stating that it leads to a higher level of food waste. He cited the fact that the buffets are “inexhaustible” displays, which look perfect and are constantly topped up until the very last guest has finished eating.
The perceived need for fully stocked displays inevitably results in high waste.
What can hotel owners do to reduce food waste?
It’s simple really; create a waste management plan. This could include warning guests that the breakfast offering will reduce throughout the morning as part of a policy to reduce food waste.
Whatever measures are introduced in hotels, there will always be some waste, it’s unescapable. It’s what you do with the waste that is your responsibility. The good news is that this waste can be collected and put to good use rather than creating greenhouse gasses.
It is important to choose a registered and trustworthy waste firm to manage the collection and disposal of food waste.
JNL work with companies across the UK from their Northamptonshire base. Large or small, we help collect different types of trade waste from outside business premises. You can be confident that with JNL all of your waste will be disposed of legally and in an environmentally friendly way, with minimal disruption to your business.
For more information call us today on 01933 410 789.