Services company Sodexo has successfully trialled the LeanPath food waste monitoring system in a two-month pilot.
LeanPath is an electronic smart meter that enables kitchen staff to track, monitor, and reduce food waste using a tablet device. The database allows staff to select from 70 food categories and then choose the reason why it was disposed of. It also gives the financial value of the wasted food.
Following the pilot, Sodexo has implemented LeanPath on a permanent basis at eight of its higher education sites and is awaiting approval at several other sites.
Environmental manager Paul Bracegirdle said: “By driving greater awareness of the volumes of food that are wasted and the financial value of that food, we can get our people to think differently and make changes. LeanPath gives us a clear understanding of what food is being wasted, why and at what cost.”
The business’s target is that 60% of UK and Ireland sites will recover food waste by 2016.