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The tree structure - A general framework for food waste quantification in food services

Eriksson, Mattias; Osowski, Christine Persson; Bjorkman, Jesper; Hansson, Emma; Malefors, Christopher; Eriksson, Emelie; Ghosh, Ranjan


Food waste in the food services industry has been identified as an important unsustainability hotspot, but standardised methods for food waste quantification are lacking. Existing studies on waste quantity assessments have several limitations, such as short and infrequent quantifications times, large methodological variations ranging from physical measurements to visual observations, and lack of comparability across catering unit types. Since lack of comparable waste figures can lead to error-prone analysis, a general framework is needed for waste quantification in food services. This paper presents one such framework that allows data comparisons when overlapping observations are included. The framework was tested in six case studies in professional (public and private) catering units in Sweden. Data were collected from different schools, elderly care homes and hotels and fitted into the framework. The results from these case studies indicate that the framework enables catering units to focus waste quantification on their individual problem areas. It also provides the possibility to extend waste quantification over time without any loss of generalisability. A graphical representation of the framework fits the traditional tree structure and was found to act as a suitable foundation for food waste quantification in food services by structuring collected data. In order to fully utilise the potential of the tree structure, it should be supplemented with precise definitions to create a catering food waste quantification standard.


Food waste quantification; Framework; Canteen; Restaurant; Methodology; Tree structure

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Resources, Conservation and Recycling
2018, Volym: 130, sidor: 140-151

      SLU författare

        Associerade SLU-program

        Food Waste

        Globala målen

        SDG12 Responsible consumption and production

        UKÄ forskningsämne

        Environmental Management
        Other Environmental Engineering

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