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Measures, Technologies and Good Practices

Do you want to know how much different measures and technological solutions would cost and how much money and resources they can save for your business? This database offers such data in a concise and comprehensive format.

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A second life for rice waste

Viable plastic alternative Ten years of R&D pays off by discovering a second use for rice waste  Tackling an agricultural waste issue by transforming rice husk into plastics La Cámara,...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Reusing coffee grounds to produce vegetables and compost

The 4Ps of success SME collects and re-uses coffee grounds to produce mushrooms 25 % of turnover in 2018, concludes three years of increasing turnover PermaFungi, an urban agricultural and circular...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Waste
Good practice

Fish manufacturer's no-waste approach

Not a single bone to waste... Food-processing company introduces ambitious zero food-waste programme in its fish production Company has also emphasised ecological packaging and managed to reduce...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Cutting back on food waste

Less waste, more profit Sandwich-maker targets food waste to save money A review reveals up to 80 % of waste can be recycled or reused By selling leftovers from sandwich and wrap production, Dublin-...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0.2 - 0.3 Year(s)
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Re-designed minced meat packaging brings savings

Clever packing, bigger savings Finnish meat processor innovates to save money and cut waste in packaging Easy-to-open vaccuum packs improves quality while saving on materials In 1992, the meat and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Efficient stock management and portion control reduce...

Tonnes of reasons to be efficient Restaurants achieve savings of € 30 000 annually by reconsidering portion sizes and optimising stock Measures also cut back on food waste  Two Glasgow-based...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2 - 5 Year(s)
Good practice

Family-run bakery's investment in waste recycling

Invest now, save for decades! Benefits of waste recycling go beyond simply reducing waste It also decreases the amount of raw materials used and this saves money and helps the environment Every day...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 100% 1 - 2 Year(s)
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Waste prevention as a strategy for planning business expansion

High achievers... Waste reduction, waste recycling, CO2 emission reduction, cost savings  Cheese company's bid to double production and cut down on food waste The Strathearn Cheese Co. is a micro-...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 40% 1 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

The future of food waste

From bread to beer... Brewery converts waste bread into new products in support of sustainable development It is a working example of the circular economy Over 46 million slices of bread, or 44 % of...
Sector / Industry:
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Converting distillery waste into a product and energy

Waste not want not... Company reconsiders waste as a by-product to achieve huge energy savings The approach cuts waste volumes, which has positive impacts on operating expenses Diageo Ltd. is the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 40-50% 2 - 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Finnish hypermarket uses digital application to...

Hyper-solutions to food wastage show the way A major hypermarket which sells a large range of food products looked for ways to improve on its already good food waste credentials It realised that even...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Caterer uses digital application to minimise food wastage

New digital regime tackles the regiment's food-wastage problem! Large caterer looked for solutions to be environmentally 'responsible' regarding its large food waste problem It introduced a food-...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0.25 - 0.8 Year(s)