There are major environmental gains to be made if public kitchens have the option of sorting their waste. The energy from recycled peelings, for example, can be used in the production of biogas.
Many municipalities focus on harnessing resources from sludge and food waste by, for instance, producing biogas that is proprietarily generated or generated together with other companies in the region.
In Linköping, digested food waste is used to power the city’s busses in a tender to take another step toward a sustainable society. The municipality utilises waste from industrial kitchens and restaurants to generate the vehicle fuel biogas. This has generated lower quantities of waste and allows finite resources to return to the eco-cycle again. Read more about how this is done in your municipality on your municipality’s website.
Under the header The Good Built Environment, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency has established milestones on waste that include “By no later than 2010, at least 34 per cent of food waste from households, restaurants, industrial kitchens and stores must be recycled by way of biological treatment.
The objective pertains to sorted food waste for household composting and central treatment,” and in the new national waste plan that is currently being drafted, the conservation of resources in the food chain and household waste are listed as proposals for prioritised areas.
Read about strategies and waste goals from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
Read about environmentally smart solutions for waste from JTI - Swedish Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering
The prevention of waste for municipalities
Read about the national environmental objectives at the Environmental Objectives Portal