Importance of food waste management
More than 900 million tonnes of food discarded globally each year
Food waste is generally defined as consumable food but may be discarded due to spoilage along with the associated inedible parts removed from the food supply chain in various sectors such as retail, food service, and households. Different types of food waste (solid, liquid, etc.) call for different ways of managing them. However, this is easier said than done.
With more than 900 million tonnes of food discarded globally each year, it's no surprise that food waste has grown to be an issue that affects how we treat the planet along with achieving the UN’s sustainability goals.
In a report by the UN Environment Programme, about 61 per cent of food waste comes from households, 26 per cent from the food service industry, and 13 per cent from retail. While the amount contributed by the food service industry may seem little, it certainly has an impact on the environment.
Most of the food waste produced by the food service industry usually ends up in landfills, causing environmental distress such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, declining water quality, soil degradation, and food insecurity. This problem may seem far from being solved, but with proper food waste management, we can resolve it one at a time.
In this article, we’ll explore the importance of food waste management and the benefits of using MEIKO food waste disposal machines in food waste management.
Why do we need professional food waste management in commercial kitchens?
Regardless of the scale, food waste is an international issue that has financial, environmental, legal, and health consequences. In the case of the hospitality industry, managing large amounts of food waste requires a solution that’s effective enough to solve the problem of food wastage.
When it comes to food waste management in commercial kitchens, there are many aspects involved as most organic and inorganic waste finds its point of origin during food preparation and in warewashing areas of commercial kitchens. With proper commercial food waste management in place, hygiene can be improved, the environment protected, and legal, and health risks can be minimised.
This is where MEIKO GREEN Waste Solutions comes in. Specializing in food waste management technologies, MEIKO’s solutions have set the standard while revolutionizing the industry with its reliably closed systems which leave nothing behind.
Role of MEIKO Green
MEIKO GREEN Waste Solutions works to automate the process of transporting food waste through the building. Let’s start where food waste often ends up – the garbage area. When stored for prolonged periods, it increases the likelihood of pest infestation and emission of foul odour. Not only that, but it increases the risk of cross-contamination as logistics ensue.
With MEIKO’s solution, it eliminates hygiene risks and enables kitchen staffs to experience a better and more ergonomic work environment. On top of that it also makes managing food waste simple and sets hygiene on top of the priority list at F&B establishments.
Moving forward, we’ll look at the benefits of using MEIKO’s food waste disposal machine in food waste management.
Benefits of MEIKO’s food waste disposal machine
Much like using its glass washer machine for pristinely clean, sanitized glassware, MEIKO’s food waste disposal machine offers a plethora of benefits to commercial kitchens in terms of food waste management. Here’s how it can benefit commercial kitchens.
Segregating and responsibly disposing of food waste takes time. Instead of making your kitchen crew spend their time segregating food waste, MEIKO’s food waste disposal machine can help save time.
MEIKO offers three types of food waste management systems which eliminate the need for manual transporting of food waste. The systems allow food waste to be entirely pumped or vacuumed from the infeed station directly to the storage tanks or any onsite food waste treatment.
Food waste management can prove to be costly when you don’t know how to segregate and where your food waste is going. However, with MEIKO’s food waste disposal machine, you can benefit from it in the long term by saving on:
- cleaning costs
- disposal costs
- pest control
- labour costs and
- plastic bags.
Protects the environment
Food waste dumped in landfills can prove to be damaging to the environment as decomposing organic waste generates methane – a dangerous greenhouse gas. With proper food waste management provided by MEIKO, you can help prevent the production of greenhouse gases while protecting the environment.
Disposes food waste hygienically
Food waste that is stored in the kitchen for prolonged periods tends to decompose over time which may produce a foul odour. With MEIKO's reliably closed food waste management system, you can reduce kitchen odour as the food waste is homogenized into pulpy biomass.
This is then transported into the collection tank where it can be stored odourless at room temperature.
There's a risk of cross-contamination between your kitchen crew and waste disposal contractors, which may lead to cross-contamination around the building when your kitchen crew returns from the waste disposal area. Thanks to MEIKO's food waste disposal machine and management system, you can reduce cross-contamination.
Offering different types of solutions, MEIKO's food waste management systems are customisable to suit varying requirements, and local regulations.
Their food waste disposal machine is no doubt a good starting point to a green way of managing food waste.
With these benefits, you can have a proper food waste management system at your F&B establishments while supporting the global sustainable goal of reducing waste responsibly. As one of the top warewashing technology manufacturers in the world, MEIKO offers some of the most advanced food waste disposal machines available on the market.
With an emphasis on making the world a cleaner place by using innovative technology for warewashing, cleaning, and disinfection, MEIKO constantly strives to provide you with clean solutions to support your business wherever and whenever you need them.