Cawleys and Kettering General Hospital shortlisted for Waste2Zero awards

Cawleys and its customer Kettering General Hospital (KGH) have each been shortlisted for an award at the inaugural Waste2Zero Awards, with the winners being named on 6 December 2017.

The Waste2Zero awards are the first of its kind in the food waste sector, being specifically designed for out of home industry to showcase best practice and recognise excellence in the sector.

KGH has been shortlisted for the ‘Best Waste Management Project Award (Food)’ which celebrates how food waste is managed. The hospital cares for over 371,000 patients a year with a staff of 3,200 people, and serves 1,800 meals a day to patients.

After an 18-month research period, Robin Packman, waste and sustainability manager at KGH, organised the instalment of a wastemaster system which efficiently converts and reduces the volume of food waste on site to a much smaller quantity of odour-free material. This material is then used in recycling, processed by Cawleys.

Catering manager Sue Landon commented, “In the three months that the system has been operational KGH has reduced the weight of its food waste by a third. Because they can see they are helping the environment, staff now feel what they are doing with food waste matters and are much more motivated. Being finalists at the Waste2Zero awards reinforces this great feeling.”

Cawleys have also been shortlisted for ‘Best Resource Management Business of the Year Award’ due to its commitment to providing a complete range of services, including recycling and hazardous waste, across many industries.

Anna Cawley, director of customer services at Cawleys, said, “We’re delighted to see our customer, KGH, shortlisted for an award and thrilled for the waste and sustainability team at the hospital. Achieving such a sharp reduction in food waste from this time last year, in such a fast-paced environment, is no mean feat.

“To also be shortlisted for an award ourselves in our 70th anniversary year seems very fitting. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the back house team from Cawleys who have worked so hard to deliver on our promises for all clients.”

Cawleys and Kettering General Hospital are delighted that being shortlisted for these awards has been featured in the media. See the article from the Northamptonshire Telegraph here.

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