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Food Waste Prevention Week to help Oban businesses cut waste

Businesses in Oban can get free support to cut out food waste and save money during Food Waste Prevention Week - a series of training, events and workshops being held between 5 - 7 March 2018, supported by the Scottish Government and European Regional Development Fund.

20 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).

That’s why Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficient Scotland programme has teamed up with Argyll and Bute Council and Food from Argyll to help Oban businesses unlock profit and reduce their environmental impact by cutting out food waste.

The week kicks off with a ‘What’s in your kitchen’ cookery demonstration and tasting session at the Rockfield Centre, Stevenson Street, on 5 March at 19:00 to 21:00. The event is open to all Oban citizens and will provide tips to help locals make the most of the food in their fridge, freezer and cupboards.

On 6 March, Zero Waste Scotland will host a webinar to launch an exciting initiative to help Oban businesses distribute leftover food to those who need it. The webinar will showcase an innovative online platform run by Plan Zheroes which allows businesses to safely donate their surplus food to local charities and community groups, ensuring that no good food goes to waste. (3) The webinar will be broadcast live at 11:00 – 12:00.

Oban businesses are then invited to join a half-day food waste prevention training workshop. The workshop will share the latest techniques and knowledge and provide delegates with valuable new skills that will help them tackle food waste. The workshop will be held on Wednesday 7 March, 10:00 – 13:30 at The Royal Hotel, Oban.

Workshop attendees will also hear about successful local businesses that have already reduced waste and are now enjoying big savings. And they will find out about the free support available from the Resource Efficient Scotland programme including one-to-one business support, interest free loans, and grants of up to £100,000 to fund waste prevention projects.

Laura Hopper, CEO of Plan Zheroes, said:

"We’re excited to work with Zero Waste Scotland to introduce Scottish communities to our surplus food donation platform. We all need to work together to tackle food waste. Our platform helps to connect businesses, charities and volunteers to ensure that good surplus food goes to people who need it rather than ending up as waste.”

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland, added:

“We are delighted to bring the Food Waste Prevention Roadshow to Oban to help local businesses cut the cost of waste, while doing their bit for the environment and the local community. 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 to come along to these beneficial events.”

Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficient Scotland programme is funded by the Scottish Government and European Regional Development Fund to help small and medium sized businesses become more efficient. Since the programme began in 2013, it has delivered 153 projects for organisations in Argyll and Bute which have identified £6.9M worth of lifetime savings by reducing waste and cutting energy and water bills (1).

Oban Food Waste Prevention Week is part of Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme, which will invest £6million in Highlands and Islands resource efficiency projects until December 2019, thanks to support from the European Regional Development Fund.

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



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.
  • (2) http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/food-waste-hospitality-and-food-service-sector
  • (3) Plan Zheroes – The Zero Food Waste Heroes - is a registered UK charity tackling food waste and food poverty. It runs an innovative online platform where businesses can safely donate their surplus food to local charities, ensuring that no good food goes to waste and that it reaches those who need it. It also runs volunteer led food collections at several London food markets, including the iconic Borough Market. Since 2014, the charity has helped to redistribute more than 80 tonnes of food or the equivalent of 160,000 meals.
  • 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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