Measuring the resource potential in commercial and industrial wastes from food related businesses

Thomas, C.; Banks, C.; Dacombe, P. and Maycox, A. (2006). Measuring the resource potential in commercial and industrial wastes from food related businesses. In: Waste 2006: Sustainable Waste and Resource Management, The Waste Conference Limited, Warwick University, UK.

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This paper reports on the results of a project to map the resource potential in commercial and industrial (C&I) wastes produced by small businesses in England. The main objectives of the project include developing a robust methodology for auditing the waste stream from SMEs, mapping key resources in the wastes produced, and integrating this data with that on municipal waste to highlight opportunities for combined recovery. The methodology was tested in Hampshire on food and food-related SMEs, including the manufacturing, retail and hospitality sectors. It provides a framework in which these businesses, local authorities and the waste management industry can work to optimise the recovery and re-use of key resources.

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