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Where is this food waste coming from?

business2It is difficult to identify the main food waste producing sectors in Ireland, especially as each business can be so different. A good starting point is the EPA National Waste Characterisation Report (2008) and the EPA 3rd Bin Commercial Waste Characterisation Report (2009).

These reports provide information on the wastes generated by the main commercial sectors in Ireland. While statistics relating to waste are always open to a degree of uncertainty, these reports provide information about the quantities of waste, and food waste, produced by each type of business.

As a general overview the following shows the main sectors where food waste is being generated in Ireland.

Food Sectors

It is clear from this that the key sectors are, as expected, tourism and hospitality (hotels, restaurants and bars) and food wholesale and retail. Irrespective of the sector that you are involved in, food waste is costing your business so make sure that you know how much you are throwing out.