Food Waste

Food waste is food that is thrown away or can’t be used. The causes of food waste are vast, and can occur at any stages of:

  • Production
  • Processing
  • Retailing
  • Consumption


Food waste will occur as food is manufactured, this often can’t be helped. When manufacturing takes place things can go wrong i.e. the food can be out of speck for the retailer or the raw ingredients are wrong at the time of production, so the whole batch is wasted.


Food that is good after production can be wasted during the packing process or machine breakdowns which can contaminate food.


FOOD WASTE - Image 2Whilst food is packaged well for transport to prevent damage until it gets to the shops, retail stores can throw away vast amounts before the use by date. Food that is past its sell or use by date is normally still edible at the time of disposal.



Food waste can be biodegraded by composting and reused to fertilise soil.

Anaerobic digestion

Anaerobic digestion produces methane which is burned to generate electricity.

Animal feed

Food scraps and slops are sometimes fed to animals on farms if the food is not contaminated or unsuitable for feeds.

Amb Environmental can offer professional food waste disposal services throughout Mirfield, Leeds, Sheffield, West Yorkshire and surrounding areas. Please contact us today on 01924 489 146 for a no obligation quote.

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