A Tool for the Selection of Food Waste Management Approaches for the Hospitality and Food Service Sector in the UK

Gerassimidou, Spyridoula, Dora, Manoj ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4730-8144 and Iacovidou, Eleni (2022) A Tool for the Selection of Food Waste Management Approaches for the Hospitality and Food Service Sector in the UK. Resources, 11 (10). p. 80. ISSN 2079-9276

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The UK government has been calling for action in tackling food waste (FW) generation, to which the Hospitality and Food Services (HaFS) sector contributes substantially. Decision-making tools that inform the selection of appropriate FW management (FWM) processes in the HaFS sector are lacking. This study fills this gap by offering a conceptual decision-making tool that supports selecting appropriate and commercially available FW processing techniques for the HaFS sector. The study initially conducted an exploratory analysis of on-site and off-site FWM options commercially available in the UK to inform the development of a two-tier decision-making framework. A set of steering criteria was developed and refined via stakeholder consultations to create flowcharts that guide the selection of FWM options, i.e., Tier 1 of the framework. Tier 2 refines the FWM process selection using a comparative sustainability scorecard of FWM options performance developed through a rapid systematic evidence mapping. The main outcome of this study is a flexible decision-making tool that allows stakeholders to participate in the decision-making process and facilitate the selection of tailored-based FWM processes that better suit their circumstances and needs. This approach to decision-making is more likely to enable solutions that facilitate the sustainable management of wasted resources and promote circularity.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: food waste management, hospitality and food service sector, decision-making tool, sustainability performance, criteria-based approach
Faculty: Faculty of Business & Law
Depositing User: Ian Walker
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2022 08:58
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2022 08:58
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/707951

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