Australia has an ongoing battle with waste. Every effort is being exerted to reduce, reuse and recycle. Paper in several territories has replaced plastics, and even disposal coffee cups have been ditched in favour of mugs that you can buy one time and reuse. Even businesses need to be mindful of how they treat waste to minimise contribution to the growing problem.
Here’s what you should do if you’re in the food industry and want to reduce waste:
Replace Individual Beverage Packaging
A catering business may have several ways of serving their food and beverages. If you’ve been serving drinks in individual containers, that means plenty of waste generated for each event. What you can do instead is to have a beverage dispenser, one that you can keep on the central table and reuse for every event you cover.
Mind Your Portions
It’s not just plastics and paper that go to waste. Food also goes to waste if you serve very generous portions. If most people cannot finish each serving, that’s a lot of food going to waste. A solution is to keep portions manageable–consider the portions served by your competitors as a benchmark. If certain ingredients are not popular with the crowd, such as vegetables for kids, you may cut back on those to avoid wastage.
Keep Everything Fresh
If you can grow the vegetables and herbs yourself, you’re saving a lot of money and serving fresh food as well. Though this may be a challenge if you’re in the city, a small backyard garden is still attainable. You may also start composting to enrich the soil. Another reason to grow your own food is you’re eliminating the need for plastic and styrofoam, which is often the packaging used when you buy from a grocery.
Every small effort contributes to waste management. Do your best and be proactive about this growing issue.