Food Waste

Bristol has secured its place as a Gold Sustainable Food City – an incredible achievement that we can all be proud of. But there is still so much more to be done as we recover from the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic, and as we look ahead to 2030 and the future of food in our city. The need for a resilient, active and collaborative food community has never been greater.

You can continue to explore the original Bristol Going for Gold themes, and register and log your actions, knowing that every action you and your colleagues take will continue to transform food in our city.

We also invite you to take a look at the Bristol Bites Back Better actions, and to share how you and your organisation are helping Bristol to #BiteBackBetter from the pandemic on social media.

Finally, we’d love to hear from you, your colleagues and your organisation about the changes you’d like to see for food in Bristol by 2030, helping to shape the future of food in Bristol for the next decade – Join the Conversation here.

What would it take to stop food waste in Bristol?

It’s easy to forget that food waste isn’t just a problem faced by food businesses. Where there are people, there is food waste: law firms and clothes shops, designers and beauty salons all contribute to the substantial amount of food wasted by UK businesses each year.

Adding to the problem, businesses whose main focus isn’t food are unlikely to place high priority on cutting food waste—the issue may even go completely unnoticed.

Currently, there are no estimates for the amount of food waste generated in the workplace, but looking at the amount of food wasted each year across UK homes (7 million tonnes) and in the hospitality, manufacturing, retail and wholesale sectors (3.15 million tonnes) gives us a clue as to the scale of the problem.

Whatever your business and whatever your role, you can be part of the movement to cut food waste in Bristol’s workplaces, helping put an end to food waste in the city.

Choose one or more of the actions below, or create your own action, to begin to make a difference in your workplace. Your organisation will earn a badge for every action they take, and can claim a Food Champion badge if an action is completed in each of the six areas. Every step counts, and you can share your progress and your own ideas on social media: post or tweet using the hashtags #goingforgoldbristol and #G4Gfoodwaste. Don’t forget to update your actions in your dashboard as you make progress.

Actions you can take as an Organisation

Get the whole company involved with food waste tackling activities, highlighting your organisation’s environmental priorities

Recycle your remaining food waste, either on site or through commercial collection

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