In a move that is bound to have food waste equipment suppliers licking their lips, restaurants and hospitality businesses in Wales are being offered grants of up to £50,000 each to purchase food waste kit.
Small and medium businesses (SMEs) are also entitled to apply for up to £10,000 worth of advice to help them avoid waste and cut costs as part of the scheme being run by WRAP Cymru, the Waste & Resources Action Programme in Wales.
The project is backed by £920,000 of Welsh Government funding.
According to WRAP, businesses typically waste £1,800 with every tonne of avoidable food waste they throw away. By its reckoning, pubs, restaurants and fast food chains could save £5m a year by reducing the amount of waste they produce and recycling more.
Grants awarded to businesses must be put towards the capital cost of implementing and maintaining a waste prevention or sustainable waste management solution.
WRAP Cymru business and markets manager, Susan Jay, said the organisation had worked closely with the industry to develop a package that meets their needs.
“That’s why we’re not only offering businesses the chance to save money by learning how to reduce their waste, but up to £50,000 towards the cost of new equipment too,” she said. “We want to award grants as soon as we can.”