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Delayed waste2zero Awards held in successful virtual event

Friday March 26, 2021

Due to ongoing restrictions around Covid-19, the 2020 Footprint News waste2zero Awards that were due to be held in October last year, were held virtually yesterday, Thursday 25 March.

Headline sponsor for the pioneering waste2zero Awards 2020, Bunzl Catering Supplies was proud to support an event that showcases the excellent work achieved by the foodservice packaging industry to reduce waste, promote recycling and encourage environmentally responsible end-of-life solutions for disposable packaging products.

Part of the judging panel, Justin Turquet, Head of Sustainability at Bunzl Catering Supplies, was asked to make an introductory speech on the YouTube event feed.

Justin said “As part of our market leading Sustainable Future Programme, Bunzl Catering Supplies is proud to have supported the waste2zero Awards event since its inception. The past 12 months has been a huge challenge, and Covid-19 is our most immediate and pressing concern, however, waste remains an important issue. And we must continue to address it. Last year Sir David Attenborough told us that if there is one thing we have to do, it is to avoid waste. These are powerful words, and these sentiments cannot be understated. Bunzl Catering Supplies continues to focus on how we can work with our supply partners to help design resource efficiency into products and by bringing exciting new concepts to market.”

Established in 2017, the objective of waste2zero is to specifically give the out of home food and drink industry a platform to showcase best practice and recognise excellence in this vital area.

Waste remains endemic and a mega-trend and one of the biggest challenges to the out of home sector. Food waste, in particular, has emerged as one of the defining sustainability issues of our modern food system. Plastics, packaging and other non-food waste presents a problem too.

In the out of home sector, around a million tonnes of food is wasted every year, of which a staggering 75% is avoidable. Simultaneously, 1.3 million tonnes of packaging and 0.66 million tonnes of other non-food wastes are also discarded.

In addition to headline sponsorship, Bunzl Catering Supplies proudly sponsored two award categories, the Best Product, Technology and Innovation Award and the Best Waste Prevention Project Award (Non-Food).

Winners of the Best Product, Technology and Innovation Award were Shrewsbury Cup with Bockatech. The Shrewsbury Cup is a reusable cup for hot and cold drinks available in cafes across Shrewsbury. Customers simply pay £1 deposit for a Shrewsbury Cup, enjoy their drink and then return the cup to any participating café to get their £1 back.The cups are washed ready to be used again.

The award for Best Waste Prevention Project Award (Non-Food) went to Sodexo UK & Ireland who working with Waste to Wonder prevented large volumes of office furniture and equipment from going to waste, by organising redistribution to charities nationally and internationally.

Justin Turquet said “As part of this year’s judging panel, I was really encouraged to see such a broad range of innovative and challenging ideas as well as continued excellence from sustainability teams across the industry. Genuine strides forward in sustainability require hard work, dedication and a desire to work together. Congratulations to the winners.”

The next waste2zero Awards will take place in on 28 October 2021.