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Identification and analysis of attributes for industrial food waste management modelling

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posted on 26.04.2019 by Guillermo Garcia-Garcia, Elliot Woolley, Shahin Rahimifard
Due to the large quantities of food waste generated by manufacturers and the associated environmental impact of these waste streams, improving food waste management is vital for achieving a more sustainable food system. Management of food waste can be complex and the most appropriate methods may not always be selected. There are a range of aspects to consider in order to select the most sustainable option to manage food waste, such as the specific type of food waste generated, waste management options available, characteristics of food companies that generate food waste, features of the waste management processors that will manage it, and the sustainability implications of dealing with the food waste. To support food waste management decision making, this paper presents a modelling procedure to assist in identifying what type and range of information is needed to model food waste management systems, allowing the user to follow a systematic methodology to make more informed decisions. This procedure is based on the identification and analysis of qualitative and quantitative attributes necessary to model food waste management and an assessment of their relationships. Specifically, it describes a process to ensure that all relevant attributes are considered during the decision-making process. A case study with a large UK food and drink manufacturer is used to demonstrate the applicability and usefulness of this procedure. In conclusion, the systematic procedure presented in this paper provides a methodology to identify opportunities to improve the sustainability of industrial food waste management. The data obtained can be used to further undertake a life-cycle assessment study and/or to apply existing socio-economic methodologies to thoroughly assess impacts and benefits of food waste management.

Funding

This research was funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) UK, grant number EP/K030957/1.

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  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Published in

Sustainability

Volume

11

Issue

8

Pages

2445 - 2445

Citation

GARCIA-GARCIA, G., Identification and analysis of attributes for industrial food waste management modelling. Sustainability, 11 (8), pp.2445-2445

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MDPI AG (© the Authors)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ by/4.0/

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20/04/2019

Publication date

2019-04-25

Copyright date

2019

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This is an Open Access Article. It is published by MDPI under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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2071-1050

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en

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