Kildare spearheading national day of action to reduce food waste in Ireland

Intel and Maynooth University lead the way

Leinster Leader reporter


Leinster Leader reporter


Kildare spearheading national day of action to reduce food waste in Ireland

Food waste is a global problem

Intel and Maynooth University are two of 99 facilities taking part in Stop Food Waste Day.

Roughly one-third of the food produced globally is either lost or wasted every year. In Ireland, over one million tonnes of food waste is disposed of each year and around one-third of this waste comes from households.

Food service company, Compass Group Ireland, is today marking Stop Food Waste Day, an international day of action in the fight against food waste, in partnership with 99 sites across Ireland.

Launched by Compass Group USA in 2017, Stop Food Waste Day is an annual event to raise awareness of the issue of food waste and encourage the industry, from farm to fork, to reduce the amount of food thrown away. Compass Group Ireland is working with its suppliers, employees and customers to deliver meaningful solutions to address this global problem. 

With one-third of Irish food waste coming from households, this means that each person is throwing out about 80kg of food waste and costing Irish householders €700 each year.

The most common foods thrown away in Ireland are:

50% of salads
25% of fruit and vegetables - potatoes are the most wasted vegetable and bananas and apples are the most wasted fruit
20% of bread and bakery goods
10% of meat and fish

Compass Group Ireland has committed to reducing its food waste by 20% by 2025. 

Compass Group clients and staff in Ireland will come together to focus on reducing food surplus and raising awareness of ways to save at home. Activities include workshops on how to utilise leftovers and trimmings,  staff briefings, and a campaign to encourage head chefs to develop new recipes around food waste.

A new 'food liberation concept' has been introduced which aims to minimise food waste one dish at a time by deploying stem to tip recipes which incorporate every part of the vegetable. Stalks and all!

Chris Chidley, Managing Director, Compass Group Ireland, said: “Food waste is a serious problem for the world today, and as one of the leaders in food service, we are determined to play our part in driving change. Working with our suppliers, partners, clients and consumers in Ireland, we are focused on educating our teams and our customers on how they can play their part in cutting food waste, today and every day.

“We are delighted to have 99 sites across Ireland participating in this year’s Stop Food Waste Day, including Intel, Maynooth University and Vodafone, to help drive awareness of the environmental and sustainability practices which can be implemented to help reduce waste in Ireland.”