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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Food Waste Case Study: UnityPoint Health

Title:
Food Waste Case Study: UnityPoint Health

Abstract:
Beginning in 2008, Iowa Health Systems (now known as UnityPoint Health) spent a year tracking kitchen food waste at three hospitals in an effort to reduce the amount going to landfills. The staff was trained to weigh and record information pertaining to discarded food such as the type of food and the reason for disposal. Food waste was discarded in clear buckets and bags to allow for a visual inspection of the amount and types of food waste entering Iowa landfills. This information was utilized to change purchasing habits and reduce food waste in hospital kitchens through careful monitoring. In 2008, Iowa Health Systems reduced food waste by 70,273 pounds which equated to a savings of $2,785.47. By 2011 with the addition of two more hospitals and one medical center to the program, this number had grown to 347,514 pounds of reduced food waste and a savings of $13,196.16.

URL:
http://iwrc.uni.edu/food-waste/case-studies/unitypoint-health

Source:
Iowa Waste Reduction Center

Resource Type:
Case study/success story

Date of Publication:
2016

Associated Sectors:

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