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Waste reduction at source: UW Food Services as a case study

TitleWaste reduction at source: UW Food Services as a case study
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication1994
AuthorsBeaulieu, P., and C. Davidchuk
Keywordsclosed-loop system, food waste, reusable container, waste, waste reduction
Abstract

At the product purchasing level, there is a lot of waste being generated, especially within a large institution such as the University of Waterloo. Food production, processing and distribution, for instance, use large quantities of packaging which generates a lot of waste. An ideal sustainable campus is a closed-loop system. One component of a closed-loop system is the elimination of solid waste output. This project focuses on the closing of the waste system that surrounds the Food Services bagel distribution process by eliminating its packaging waste at the source. Currently, the paper bags keep the Food Services bagel distribution process from further approaching a closed-loop system because waste is generated and thus sent to the landfill. The purpose of this study is to eliminate the need for paper bags by introducing reusable containers. A reusable container is beneficial for both environmental and economic reasons: it generates no solid waste, and saves money and energy… For full text, please e-mail sustainability@uwaterloo.ca