Why is it important to conduct a Food waste audit?

Are you the one among those people who waste food after every meal? You will be amazed if you conduct a food waste audit. Conducting a food waste audit will help understand how much food you waste, what you waste, and the reason behind wasting food. Many people tend to implement changes on avoiding food waste after conducting a food waste audit, in turn helping to save money and the environment. The global demand for food is expected to increase by 70% by 2050 so we can address at least part of the future demand by growing more crops. To meet the world’s needs we will require to give much attention to our diets, reduce food waste, and improve food security.  

Impact of Food Waste

We already grow enough food to meet everyone’s requirements, but food waste dramatically changes the available food supply. It is estimated that we waste 40% of food produced or approximately 63 million tons every year. This extreme amount of food waste has many negative impacts on our economy, society, and environment one such is Green House Gas emission. About 124 million tons of Green House Gas is emitted from the way we dispose of food. 

Conducting a food waste audit will assist you to identify opportunities to improve food waste management. Experts say it is ideal to conduct food waste for a minimum of 2 weeks. If the audit is conducted for a period of 12 months you can identify seasonal patterns, trends, and fluctuations between busy, and slow periods. 

What is Food Waste Audit?

A food waste audit is the first step towards a food waste management system. It is the process of surveying a facility’s regular food waste stream. Food waste audit is to be performed in all food industry, including grocery stores, cafeteria, and restaurants for food waste management. These food industries, organizations, and industries dispose of a considerable amount of waste and the cost spent is also higher than the general trash collected at homes. Hence many organizations and industries are encouraged to conduct food waste audits. 

Our waste audit experts help identify what is thrown away and discover the amount of waste that can be diverted to donation or recycling with a food waste treatment system. Also, you will have insights on why food is thrown away, reduce purchasing and labor costs, and energy used associated with food production, and reduce Green House Gas emissions. 

Importance of Food Waste Audit

Improves the effectiveness of your business’s operation

By uncovering which product and packaging are being discarded by waste and recycling program you can better focus your communication outreach strategy to promote, educate, and change consumer waste disposal habits. With a recycling program, you can more readily comprehend what is truly going on or what winds up in your trash. This will make sense both financially and environmentally, to target key materials that end up in your trash can. For example, if your company uncovers that a large amount of waste is composed of food wastes then you might decide on implementing an organic program. Whereas if there is a lot of packaging materials in your waste stream then you might need to look for suppliers with take-back programs, or reduced packaging.

Helps you save Money

A large-scale industry with a significant measure of waste can find it hard to dispose of it and the cost engaged with disposal is additionally high. For example, if your industry has a large number of recyclable wastes like cardboard, packaging, or food waste then these can be sold in the market as a source of revenue or can be recycled productively. By conducting a waste audit your business can save money by avoiding disposal and hauling costs. A waste audit conducted by waste audit experts at Avris can uncover the underutilized industry’s waste and recycling program which will bring about needless waste and a long period of lost investment funds. 

Helps you report on your success.

By conducting a waste audit your industry can set a baseline and create benchmarks year after year so you can measure progress against your goals and re-evaluate your approach and measure the effectiveness of your recycling programs. A series of recycling training sessions were conducted in a large financial institution. The waste audit conducted in that institution revealed that 22% of their trash was recyclable. A follow-up audit conducted a year later showed that the amount of recyclables in their waste stream has reduced to 15% meeting their sustainability objectives for development. The difference in the waste audit results was a morale booster to their employees as they were delighted to learn that their efforts were making a measurable difference.

Help you verify and have access to more accurate data 

Waste audits can help confirm the information provided by the hauler, which is significant for operation and billing. Incorrect data or information can prompt a superfluous charge. Precise data is additionally key to conducting a waste removal RFP when the time has come to reevaluate contracts. 

Help your business meet certification standards

A waste audit can help with a part of the requirements for various certification standards like TRUE ZERO Waste and LEED building operations and maintenance. A 100% review of a building’s ongoing waste stream is necessary to comply with the requirements of LEED for an existing building operation and maintenance in maintaining a solid waste management program.

Helps with certain regulatory compliance and reporting purposes

You may require data from waste audit to complete reporting to put industries and organizations in regulatory compliance, or you may require the data for your corporate social obligation detailing or Global Reporting Initiative’s needs.

The technical and economic studies conducted on Waste audits by experts in Avris ensure you have validated data so that you can move forward on an implementation plan. Through examination, and validating the data Avris can help uncover the areas where excess waste can be saved simply by making you aware of the recycling opportunities available. A waste audit from Avris can help you pinpoint specific issues that may be a part of the excess waste in your business. Also, we give you information and necessary steps to implement a food waste treatment system, sewage treatment system, or effluent treatment system in your facility that is designed to meet the framework of the scope of the audit conducted.  

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