The world faces two significant challenges with food. The first one is the global food waste, which could feed 3 billion people and immensely reduce poverty and world hunger. The second challenge is what happens to the food that goes to waste.
Although the ideal would be a world with zero food waste, we know that this is not feasible, and the primary goal is naturally to reduce the amount of waste as much as possible. Nonetheless, the food that does go to waste needs to get correctly handled in order to make the environmental impact as small as possible.
By recycling food properly, we can increase the amount of biofuel in the world and partly replace the dependency on fossil fuels.
Our project aim was to investigate how municipalities around Sweden deal with this (second) challenge. Why do some recycle much higher amounts per capita than others, and what common success factors are there? We tried to answer these questions by facing them from two angles. Firstly, by reaching out to the relevant decision-makers in the municipalities with high recycling rates and gathering information. Secondly, by surveying people about their food recycling habits. This information was analyzed, summarized, and later presented to those municipalities who have not yet implemented a food waste system.
The goal of our project was to facilitate the many municipalities that lack systems for handling food waste and give them a clear and distinct picture of how they can implement a system with proven success.