Research from WRAP (the Waste and Resources Action Programme) in 2009 found UK hotels, pubs, restaurants and quick service restaurants disposed of 600,000 tonnes of food waste.
- Some of this is made up of things like peelings, cores and bones, but the majority is (or once was) perfectly good food.
- Little by little all this waste adds up.
- WRAP research indicates that by not throwing away good food (and diverting food waste such as peelings, bones etc. to anaerobic digestion) pubs restaurants and hotels in the UK could save more than￡720 million a year.
In a restaurant like Hot Flame, where we pride ourselves on serving top quality food at a reasonable price, food waste can make a huge difference to what you, the customer, end up paying for your meal. We need your help to keep doing what we’re doing, providing a fantastic range of freshly cooked international dishes and incredible value for money.
WRAP found that :
- People who leave food don’t feel a sense of ownership or responsibility about the food they leave.
- The amount of food they get is considered to be out of their control and many people won’t ask for anything different.
Hot Flame is what some people call an “all you can eat” experience and we are absolutely delighted when people love our food and keep coming back for more. We do encourage people to take a little at a time though. It not only helps prevent waste, but also allows you to try new things you’re not sure you’ll like, to taste lots of different things before you get too full and helps make sure the food on your plate doesn’t go cold before you have chance to eat. “A little and often” is the name of the game at Hot Flame Livingston!
Your Food Isn’t Rubbish
You should Love Food and Hate Waste at home too. Almost half of all food wasted in the UK comes from our homes. Love Food Hate Waste raises awareness of the issue and offers simple, easy ways to take action.
Your food does its job best when it’s on a plate ready to be enjoyed. Saving food saves money and helps to slow down global warming and deforestation. Reducing the amount of food that ends up in the bin also means you can say goodbye to unnecessary packaging waste. If we all make a few small changes and start using up the food we buy, together we can make a big difference.
What’s in it for you? If you are a family of four, you could be saving as much as £70 each month. So there’s a huge opportunity for all of us to cut what we spend at the checkout simply by saving more of the food we buy from the bin… and it’s a lot easier than you might think!
Turning less food into rubbish can also make a real difference to the world around us – and that’s something we can all get on board with. Check out the Love Food Hate Waste website to find out more about why and how to be leaner and greener, and what you could do with the money you’d save.