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Quantities and quantification methodologies of food waste in Swedish hospitals

Eriksson, Mattias and Malefors, Christopher and Bergström, Pauline and Eriksson, Emelie and Persson Osowski, Christine (2020). Quantities and quantification methodologies of food waste in Swedish hospitals. Sustainability. 12 , 1-12
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Abstract

To move towards a sustainable food system, we cannot continue to waste substantial amounts of the food produced. This is especially true for later stages in the food supply chain, where most sub-processes consume resources in vain when food is wasted. Hospitals are located at the end of the food supply chain and the sector has high levels of food waste. This study investigated food waste quantification practices in Swedish hospitals, examined whether a questionnaire is an appropriate methodology for such mapping,and compiled data for the sector in order to determine the amount of food waste and its composition. A questionnaire was sent to all 21 regional authorities, formerly known as county councils, responsible for hospitals in Sweden. The questionnaire responses were supplemented with food waste records from three regions that organize the catering in a total of 20hospitals. The results showed that it is common practice in most hospitals to quantify food waste, with quantification focusing on lunch and dinner in relation to the number of guests served. It was also clear that waste quantification practices have been established for years,and in the majority of the hospitals studied. The data revealed that, in comparison with other sectors,food waste was still high,111 gguest−1meal−1, consisting of 42% plate waste, 36% serving waste,and 22% kitchen waste. However,there was great variation between hospitals, which,in combination with well-established,standardized waste quantification routines,meaning that this sector has strong potential to spread best practices and improve overall performance in reducing food waste generation.

Authors/Creators:Eriksson, Mattias and Malefors, Christopher and Bergström, Pauline and Eriksson, Emelie and Persson Osowski, Christine
Title:Quantities and quantification methodologies of food waste in Swedish hospitals
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:12
Page range:1-12
Number of Pages:12
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:2071-1050
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Environmental Sciences (social aspects to be 507)
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 2 Engineering and Technology > 207 Environmental Engineering > Environmental Management
Keywords:hospitals, food waste, sustainable development goals, baseline, county council, benchmark, region, quantification, waste per portion
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-105143
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http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-105143
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DOI10.3390/su12083116
ID Code:16848
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Energy and Technology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:15 Apr 2020 14:48
Metadata Last Modified:15 Aug 2020 14:08

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