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Christmas and the Food Waste Debate:

Titan Resource Management focus on sustainability and management of waste all year round. The Waste Guru wishes to highlight a few things before you hit the shops this pay weekend!

Titan Resource Management focus on sustainability and management of waste all year round.

The Waste Guru wishes to highlight a few things before you hit the shops this pay weekend!

Festive waste:

Waste increases during December; not just the apparent resources are wasted; hidden waste is produced that we accept as the norm.

The main focus areas are always plastics, flexible materials, cardboard and paper. However, food is one of the most significant waste produced at Christmas and the festive period.

Food waste is increasing this time of year due to the preconception that excess is required.

Why do we purchase vast amounts of food that may hang around until Easter?

Is it essential to buy vast quantities of Brussels sprouts (when we know that many will hide them and throw them in the bin?)

Why do we feel it is necessary to buy, buy, buy? When many will throw food items away or spend money on fad diets, and other things detrimental to health due to excess over a very short period.

If we bought better as consumers, we purchased what was needed (for what? Let’s face it is just a roast dinner*) and considered the footprint of our purchased food.

  • Do you think we would buy as much?
  • Consume as much?
  • Waste as much?
  • Care at all?

If we knew the waste generated and saw the amount of carbon produced, would we change our ways of consumption?

What is it all a sprout?

In their meaningful and thought-driven words, the Waste Guru thinks brussel sprouts are “rank.” Again, like everything we write/blog about, everyone will have a different view and opinion; however, from the stats Waste Guru has gathered, they are not the only ones with that view.

In the UK, sales of approximately 750 million individual Brussels sprouts are made leading up to Christmas. 25% of the year’s sprout sales are in the two weeks before Christmas.

It is estimated that only half of all the sprouts sold are eaten!

The wasted sprouts at Christmas could power a home for three years.

Three years!

As we all look at energy costs in business and within our homes, with the cost of living crisis and many struggling to perceive a Christmas that is “what is expected”, should we look at our consumer habits, eating habits and buying habits?

The answer is, in the Waste Guru’s opinion, a change is as good as a rest!

Christmas is a time for reflection and consideration. Maybe we should all reflect on how we can reduce waste, and this small change will create an impact that does make a difference!

(Please contact the team for any waste management needs, questions, or materials. We know our stuff and can support you and your business in minimising waste and making your waste pay.)

*Await Grinch’s response!