How to reduce waste with tomato sauce

Developing Sustainable Ways of Working, From Reducing Energy Consumption to Commercial Waste ManagementWith energy, food and water consumption rising fast all over the world and natural resources being steadily depleted, the health of the environment hangs in the balance.

That’s why, ever since we started over 50 years ago, we’ve worked hard to help all our clients develop efficient and sustainable ways of working. From reducing energy consumption and offering sustainable menus, right through to commercial waste management; sustainability lies at the heart of all we do. And it’s surprising how small changes can have dramatic results.

Take tomatoes. When a major healthcare catering company decided they wanted to launch a waste reduction and recycling programme, we demonstrated how a small handful of clever changes could very quickly lead to big environmental and economic wins. Having always relied on buying hundreds upon thousands of tins of tomatoes, we helped them creatively source larger tins, immediately reducing their steel waste disposal costs by 78%. We’re now helping them optimise pack sizes on other high volume ingredients too.

“Possibly the biggest challenge was changing the culture of the workforce to view waste as a valuable commodity and not just an inevitability.”

A FEAST FOR HAPPY WORMSReducing Carbon Footprints Including Biomass Bins and Onsite Wormeries

With France and the UK recently announcing legislative changes that would effectively outlaw petrol cars in the coming years (and many others expected to follow suit), the automotive industry is one that’s having to react and adapt smartly.

So when one client approached us asking what they could do to reduce their carbon footprint, we were keen to help. Excited by the challenge, our team suggested an innovation that could reduce its carbon footprint dramatically. The processing facility we built for them now turns thousands of litres of old cooking oil into fuel for their onsite vehicles. And most of their food waste is now going into biomass bins, or the onsite wormery for composting.

SAY NO TO PLASTIC BOTTLES!

When a local school asked us how they could reduce their commercial waste output, we worked with them to banish plastic bottles for good. By introducing a water ‘bottling system’, we helped them replace 2,000 plastic water bottles with 100 school-branded glass bottles. This has seen water and landfill costs fall by 10%, and pupils can enjoy a daily supply of refreshing water that’s completely environmentally-friendly.

Turning Trash into Treasure for Our ClientsTURNING TRASH INTO TREASURE

While Sodexo was busy managing waste for a major medical equipment company, we discovered one of their products had a second use. The foam-based product ‘Allevyn’ is used to manufacture wound dressings, but when its work is done, it goes into landfill. We realised it could be recycled and used as carpet underlay, massively reducing the company’s landfill costs. This meant they could stop paying a disposal rate (£95 per tonne) and start earning a recycling rebate (£25 per tonne). All while doing their bit for the environment.

BETTER TOMORROW

All these waste management initiatives contribute to our ‘Better Tomorrow 2025’ – our corporate responsibility strategy designed to help us foster a thriving natural environment, a healthier society, resilient communities and stimulating workplaces so people can fulfil their potential. When it comes to commercial waste, we’re helping clients use fewer resources, maximise recycling and minimise landfill. All while massively reducing costs too.

SAVING A PRINCELY SUM

When Sodexo took on the waste collection service at a major hospital, the recycling rate was just 39% and all the food waste went straight to landfill. Thanks to an awareness campaign and many strategically placed food bins, all the hospital’s food waste is now sent for anaerobic digestion and turned into green electricity and soil conditioner. In just one year, the food waste generated by three sites creates enough green electricity to power 26 houses.

“With the help of the Sodexo Facilities Management team we’ve increased food recycling at the hospital
to 90%.”

 

Less Waste Means Better Quality of Life

LESS WASTE MEANS BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE

Our drive for sustainability is relentless. That’s why every year we hold a global ‘WasteLESS Week’ where we work with employees, clients and consumers worldwide, helping them be wiser about waste. That means wasting less food, water, raw materials, paper and energy across all our sites. And every year we see major improvements.

WHY WORRY ABOUT OLD COOKING OIL?

Everything we do comes with a real dedication to providing a service that improves Quality of Life for all our clients. In fact, it’s an essential part of all our integrated facilities management solutions, not just Waste Management. Because we know that in order to properly enhance our clients’ business performance, we have to think about more than just the here and now, we also have to take care of the environment for future generations.

And that’s why we worry about big tins of tomatoes and old cooking oil. Because we want our sustainable way of working to create a better world that improves people’s Quality of Life today – and in the future.

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