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

Orkney’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) 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 22 - 25 January 2018.

8 Jan 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 each year at a big cost to the economy and to businesses. It is estimated that £166million 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, and involves Orkney Islands Council, Orkney Zero Waste and Orkney Food & Drink. 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 Orkney to identify over £230,000 worth of savings by reducing waste and cutting energy and water bills (1).

The week kicks off with a webinar introducing innovative food sharing platform OLIO, which has been specially selected to help businesses in Orkney to stop throwing surplus food in the bin and distribute it to the local community and local charities instead.

The webinar will be broadcast live at 3pm on 22 January, with the recording available to watch soon after. 

Orkney businesses are then invited to join a half-day food waste prevention workshop on the 24 January to develop skills to directly tackle food waste in their organisations. The workshop will be held at the Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall, from 10:00 - 12:30.

Attendees will hear about successful local 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.

Other activities include a ‘Love Your Haggis’ cookery demonstration and tasting session in Kirkwall, on 23 January from 19.00 to 21.00 . The session will provide tips to help Orcadians make the most of the food in their fridge, freezer and cupboards, plus a Burns Night-themed cookery demonstration with a chance to try a few tasty treats. Find out more here.

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

“We are delighted to bring the Food Waste Prevention Roadshow to Orkney 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 Orkney businesses that have done all they can to prevent food waste, we’re particularly excited to be able to introduce them with the opportunity of redistributing surplus, edible food to those who can use it. Using the OLIO app is a great way of linking those that can donate surplus food with those that have a need for it.”

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

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

Businesses can find out more and register for the Food Waste Prevention Roadshow workshops by visiting https://www.resourceefficientscotland.com/event/orkney-food-waste-prevention-week 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.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
  • More information about Olio is available at https://olioex.com/


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