Making the transition from food waste to food resource

The increasing cost of landfill and a greater emphasis on the principles of reduce, re-use, recycle and recover have raised the value of waste materials. Concepts like the 'circular economy' also view food waste as a resource.

Instead of discarding obsolete products, the circular economy takes the resources in unwanted products and uses them to manufacture new items. This re-structures the supply chain so products can be easily dismantled and re-used or recycled.

Implementing measures that would adopt a circular economic approach would cut out 'disposal' and retain the resource value of food in a classic closed loop.

Food resource and waste flows