Food Waste Outside the Home

 At Restaurants
If you aren’t a big eater and know that you most likely won’t be able to eat everything that is served up to you, simply ask for a smaller portion, or share portions with friends. Most restaurants will be happy to accommodate for this, after all, it saves them both resources and money.
If you can’t finish what’s on your plate, don’t be embarrassed to ask for a doggy bag to take home! The chefs and waiting staff would much rather see the food they have worked hard to prepare go to a good home than be thrown in the bin. Wrap and seal the food and pop it in the fridge when you get home and you’ve got your lunch (or breakfast if you’re so inclined) ready for the next day. Pack these left overs into lunch boxes, bulking out with salad, vegetables, grains and pulses.

Show your Concerns

Supermarket, restaurant and canteen staff should be able to tell you what happens to surplus, out of date or wasted food. By asking and showing an interest, suppliers and caterers are made increasingly aware that the public are concerned about the need to reduce food waste. Where possible, support businesses that are linked with food recycling organisations such as Fareshare.

 For Retailers, Caterers and Businesses

As all businesses are aware, wasting less food means lower costs, increased productivity and less waste to be managed. Giving the option of smaller portions, ensuring food waste is re-distributed or recycled, and making sure that customers know what you are doing to reduce your food waste is a great start to tackling the issue.

City Council Commercial Waste Scheme

Since July 2014, the Cambridge City Council has provided a commercial food waste collection scheme to recycle food waste from businesses. A fee is required to remove the waste, but the less waste created, the lower the cost, and they are able to collect on as many days as you require.

For more information please contact Greg Hutton-Squire at Cambridge City Council (


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