Ward supports East Midlands’ hospitality businesses in war on food waste

In a bid to tackle the war on food waste and divert waste from landfill, waste management specialist, Ward has, for 2019, launched its a dedicated food waste collection service for catering, commercial and hospitality businesses across the East Midlands.

From January, pubs, bars, hotels, restaurants and catering establishments in the East Midlands can benefit from a tailored food waste collection service via Ward’s new food recycling lorry. The new food waste collection vehicle will help segregate food waste including tea and coffee, fruit and vegetables, baked goods dairy, fish and meat and plate scrapings from glass from general waste, improve recycling and reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill.

Picture of Ward Recycling's food waste truck with emoji graphics
Ward’s new food waste vehicle offers a dedicated food collections service for catering and hospitality businesses

Donald Ward, Commercial Manager at Ward said: “In the UK, it is estimated that 10 million tonnes of food and drink waste arises post-farmgate each year in the UK, 60% of which could have been avoided.[1]

“Many businesses add food waste into general waste disposal, so everything ends up going to landfill. Our new food waste collection service gives catering and hospitality businesses a separate collection for glass and food waste. Rather than it going to landfill, left over or out of date food can now be collected, processed and turned into biogas or the glass will be recycled, meaning that 100% of the waste collected via this new service will be diverted from landfill.”

“Business can look out for the eye-catching emoji lorry and simply text Ward Food to 66777 for a quick response and more information. This is one of the first service of its kind in Derbyshire and we hope to roll it out across the rest of the Midlands in coming months.”

The waste food will be recycled at an anaerobic digestion facility. The equipment process produces biomethane which is a gas suitable for injection into the local gas network and which can then be used in homes and business across the area.

Collections can be arranged at times to suit businesses and Ward offers flexibility in frequency of food waste pick ups and processing.

For more information or to book a free waste audit, or text Ward Food 66777.

[1] WRAP, “Estimates of Food Surplus and Waste Arisings in the UK”, January 2017, p13