Canada’s thriving hospitality industry is a huge part of its business community, registering growing numbers year over year. As the demand for hotels, restaurants, cafés and coffee shops increases in a post-pandemic world, we must take note of their impact on the planet.
In this blog post, we’ll dive into the problems created by hotel and restaurant food waste, what it’s doing to our globe and how these challenges could be better managed with food recyclers.
The Impact of Hospitality Food Waste on the Planet
A 2020 study found that food waste created by out-of-home dining is becoming a huge sustainability concern. Canada’s hospitality industry currently contributes a hefty 12% of the country’s overall food waste.
It’s obvious that Canada needs to take control of its commercial waste, but what is the real impact of the restaurant and hospitality industry's carbon footprint?
When food ends up in landfills, it will begin to decompose, emitting methane gas (CH4) which is 25X worse for the environment than CO2. The assumption that "biodegradable" means "good for the planet" is a common misconception.
Decomposing food releases huge methane deposits which end up in our atmosphere, trapping heat and contributing to global warming. Believe it or not, methane actually traps 35X more heat than carbon dioxide, and so food waste should be one of the primary concerns for eco-conscious businesses.