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Orkney Food Waste Prevention Week

Free training and events that will help your business reduce food waste and boost profits. Do your bit for the environment and local community.
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In Scotland, we throw away nearly 1.4 million tonnes of food and drink every year. 

That’s a lot of waste, and a big waste uplift bill. When you also consider the energy and money that went into growing, transporting, storing, and serving this food, the true cost is staggering.

It’s staggering in financial terms – every 180-litre bin of food waste thrown away actually costs £200. And it’s staggering in environmental terms too - the food and drink sector accounts for 20% of the UK’s CO2 emissions.

But there’s good news.

Latest research shows that Scotland can reduce the amount of food we throw away by 75%.  And lots of work is already being done across the country to turn this into a reality. In fact, the Scottish Government has set a 33% reduction target to be met by 2025.

You can play your part too. There’s lots of ways you can reduce waste in your business. And taking action will not only help you reduce waste. It can also cut your costs and boost profits - without impacting on your customer service levels.

To help you, we’ve teamed up with Orkney Islands Council, Orkney Zero Waste and Orkney Food and Drink to bring a week of free local training and learning events. Taking place from 22 to 25 January, there are lots of fun, interactive and educational events happening. 

Get involved and book your place today. 


Webinar - How to redistribute food surplus to the local community

Join this webinar to find out how easy it is to redistribute your surplus food to people or businesses in the local community.  Learn how to identify edible surplus food that’s going in your bin, and find out about local services that can redistribute it to those that are happy to make the best use of it. 

Monday 22 January, 15:00 – 16:00 - Book your place


‘Love your haggis’ cookery demonstration and tasting

This Burns focussed cookery demonstration from Love Food Hate Waste and Orkney Zero Waste will give you a host of tips for making the most of the food in your fridge, freezer and cupboards.  Needless to say - tasty treats and refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday 23 January, 19:00 – 21:00, Kirkwall - Book your place


Food waste prevention training workshop

Join this free training workshop to learn valuable new skills and the latest food waste reduction techniques.  Hear from businesses that have already acted and are enjoying reduced costs and improved environmental credentials. Find out how you can reduce food waste in your business too. Followed by networking lunch and drop in clinic.

Wednesday 24 January, 10:00 – 13:30, Kirkwall - Book your place


In-house staff training

You could help your staff save an average of £460 a year at home - as well as do their bit for the environment - with a free, fun and interactive workshop from the Love Food Hate Waste team.  Book a slot at a time and duration to suit your business and let our experts motivate and engage your workforce to adopt sustainable behaviours. Behaviours that will help them save valuable resources at home – and in your workplace.

Sessions available to book each day - Email us for details or call 0808 808 2268

If you would like further information on Orkney Food Waste Prevention Week please get in touch on 0808 808 2268 or email

These events and our support to reduce your business costs through food waste prevention and reduction are funded by the Scottish Government and by the European Regional Development Fund through the £73million Resource Efficiency Circular Economy Accelerator Programme.


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