The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) has launched a sustainable food waste management contract for the higher education and public sector, to tackle the increasing social, economic and environmental costs of food waste.

The programme, which provides access to a network of regional and national renewable companies, follows research undertaken by TUCO and Footprint, which revealed that “food waste costs the education sector £250 million a year,” and consists of five lots:

On-site food waste innovation
Used disposable cup collection service
Waste coffee ground collection service
Off-site sustainable food waste management service
Waste oil recycling collection and disposal service

TUCO category manager, Mandy Johnston, said: “The sustainability sector is ever evolving, which can be time and resource intensive for caterers to maintain pace with. Given it’s such a vital area of concern for our members, TUCO wanted to help streamline the process of identifying relevant suppliers to satisfy TUCO Member needs. It’s with this in mind that we’ve developed the contract through a dynamic purchasing system.

“Our new sustainable food waste management contract is built to be flexible and dynamic, so that new food waste management innovators can be added as they become available. TUCO members can also recommend operators to the contract, encouraging the sharing of best practice.

“Ultimately, the aim is to provide efficient and cost-effective access to the best service providers and help our members to meet their sustainable business objectives.”