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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2022

Food waste changes in the Swedish public catering sector in relation to global reduction targets

Malefors, Christopher; Strid, Ingrid; Eriksson, Mattias

Abstract

Global food waste reductions are difficult to evaluate. The global ambition is to halve food waste by 2030. In this study, eight years of food waste quantification data from Swedish public catering were used to monitor changes and evaluate progress towards global reduction targets. A 15–30% reduction was observed and the current trend was a declining level of food waste within the sector. The goal of halving food waste by 2030 appears to be achievable, provided that all canteens perform in line with those studied. However, the canteens studied may represent the best-performing, so the actual change or current levels of food waste may have been underestimated. The present situation (2020) is that approximately 19,000–21,000 tonnes of food waste are generated annually in Swedish preschools and schools. Therefore, canteens in these establishments need appropriate tools to monitor waste levels and progress, and incentives encouraging them to continue reducing food waste.

Keywords

Canteen; Meal planning; Sustainability aspects; Food systems; Public sector; Food service; School meal

Published in

Resources, Conservation and Recycling
2022, volume: 185, article number: 106463

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Energy and Technology
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Energy and Technology
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Energy and Technology

Associated SLU-program

Food Waste

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

UKÄ Subject classification

Environmental Management

Publication Identifiers

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2022.106463

URI (permanent link to this page)

https://res.slu.se/id/publ/117446