• Date: Thursday 5 October 2017
  • Time: 09:00 – 15:45
  • Location: Northampton Town Football Club, Sixfields Stadium, Northampton, NN5 5QA
  • Cost: Varied Prices

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Food waste is a key area of focus for the EU’s Circular Economy package. In the UK, some 7.3 million tonnes of food from households is wasted annually. The healthcare sector serves over 1,047 million meals in 19,500 outlets every year.  It produces 121,000 tonnes of food waste and 49,300 tonnes of associated packaging waste, with some 93% of this going to landfill or disposed of down the drain using macerators. Therefore, the sustainable management of food waste within the healthcare and related hospitality sectors is a key issue, in order to move towards a more circular approach. Using a range of speakers and case studies, this one day conference to be held on Thursday 5 October, at Northampton Town Football Club, Sixfields Stadium, will explore the sustainable management of food waste in the healthcare, retail and hospitality sectors. It should be of interest to those working in the areas of catering, procurement, and resources management from these target sectors, as well as councils, environmental consultancies and academia.

A schedule of the day is below:

9:00-9:45 Registration
9:50-9:55 Welcome and Opening Remarks – Terry Tudor (Coordinator: HCWRR Group

The food waste reduction plan

Speaker: Mike Falconer Hall (WRAP)


Food waste collections in Northamptonshire

Speaker: Vanessa Kelly (Northamptonshire Waste Partnership)

11:00 – 11:25

Social approaches to reducing food waste

Speaker: Andy Fox (Elsie’s Café – The Real Junk Food project)

11:30 – 11:55

Food waste – a retailer’s perspective

Speaker: Sarah Wakefield (The Co-op)

12:00 – 12:25

Food waste management in the healthcare sector

Speaker: Kevan Wallace (Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust)

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch with the opportunity to view sponsors’ booths and network
1:35 – 2:00

Procurement strategies to reduce food waste in the healthcare sector

Speaker to be confirmed 

2:05 – 2:30

Reducing patient food waste

Speaker: Shahin Rahimifard (Loughborough University)

2:35 – 3:00

Waste water treatment: macerators, FOG and sewers

Speaker: Celia Jackson (Severn Trent Water)

3:05 – 3:30

Recovering value from food waste through collaboration

Speaker: Jane Gilbert (Carbon Circularity)

3:35 – 3:45 Day Summary and Close

To book onto this exciting conference please click here. Early Bird tickets are available until Sunday 20 August so book now to avoid disappointment! For further information please contact Dr Terry Tudor on terry.tudor@northampton.ac.uk or 01604 893372.


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