Contract caterer Aramark has revealed it deployed waste tracking technology at 183 locations in 2020.
The move comes as part of its commitment to reduce food loss and waste 50% by 2030 across its operations.
Cutting the amount of waste produced by its kitchens supports a wider goal of slashing greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by the end of 2025 in the United States.
“Reducing our impact on the planet is a critical priority,” said Ash Hanson, chief diversity and sustainability officer at Aramark. “Aramark is proud to announce our climate goal as a core pillar of our ‘Be Well. Do Well.’ sustainability plan.
WWhen it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, we can make an impact through everything from the foods we serve to the vehicles we drive.”
Despite the challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, the company has continued to make progress against its environmental goals.
This includes progress toward its No-Deforestation Policy, increasing plant-forward menu options, and reducing red meat by 12%, all of which reduce impact on planet, as well as completing its transition to 100% cage-free liquid and processed eggs in the US.
In its business dining, healthcare and higher education divisions, 34% of main dishes are vegan or vegetarian.
In 2020, Aramark donated nearly 226,000 meals through the company’s Aramark Building Community Day efforts and food donations from client locations.
The company has also pledged to reduce plastic straws and stirrers by 59% since 2018, through its Sip Smarter campaign.