Environmental impact of food waste
Food waste has environmental impacts and contributes to:
- land and soil being degraded
- water pollution
- resources being used faster than being replaced
- climate change
Encouraging patients to eat their food can lead to improved nutritional care and less food waste.
The Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy sets a target for Ireland to reduce food waste by 50% by 2030.
Remember: if you haven’t measured it, you can't manage it.
Food waste composting
Managers should ensure that healthcare sites have a food waste composting system and a brown food waste bins. This allows for the correct disposal of compostable catering items.
To introduce a food waste composting system, contact the Office of Government Procurement (OGP).
Food Waste Reduction Training
Online training on healthcare specific food waste good practices is now available on HSELanD.
Best practice guidance
Waste and Sustainability Officers
There are 5 regional Waste & Sustainability Officers who are available to provide support and guidance to larger healthcare facilities in the area of Food Waste Reduction.
Waste & Sustainability Officer – Dublin Mid Leinster
Waste & Sustainability Officer – HSE West
Waste & Sustainability Officer – Dublin North East
Waste & Sustainability Officer – HSE South
Environmental Services Officer - HSE South East