A circular economy model for reducing food waste in the University sector: meeting the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals

McCarthy, Breda, Hayshida-Boyles, Alana L., and Connell, Adam (2019) A circular economy model for reducing food waste in the University sector: meeting the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. In: Proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management Conference. 62. pp. 1089-1107. From: 33rd Annual Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management Conference: wicked solutions to wicked problems, 3-6 December 2019, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

The management of food waste in the university sector is critical to the pursuit of sustainability. The results of a food waste audit, conducted over an eight-month period at a regional Australian university, showed that that 12,533 kg of food waste was diverted from landfill, which prevented 23.81 tonnes of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere; furthermore, waste disposal costs were reduced considerably. Along with carbon footprint and cost-benefit analysis, this study captured factors in relation to catering practises and eating habits that helped minimise food waste. The factors contributing to waste minimisation included serving style, type of food, having a second serving, organisational culture, staff training, ordering and accurately catering for the number of expected food consumers.

Item ID: 62659
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-6481109-5-8
Keywords: food waste, institutions, waste management hierarachy
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Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2020 00:47
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