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Title: Optimising industrial food waste management
Authors: Garcia-Garcia, Guillermo
Woolley, Elliot
Rahimifard, S.
Keywords: Food waste
Waste management
Sustainability
Food manufacturing
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Elsevier © The Authors
Citation: GARCIA-GARCIA, G., WOOLLEY, E. and RAHIMIFARD, S., 2016. Optimising industrial food waste management. 14th Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing (GCSM), Stellenbosch, South Africa, 3rd-5th October 2016.
Abstract: Global levels of food waste are attracting growing concern and require immediate action to mitigate their negative ecological and socio-economic ramifications. In the developed world, of the order of 20-40% of food waste is generated at the manufacturing stage of supply chains and is often managed in non-optimised ways leading to additional environmental impacts. This research describes a novel decision-support tool to enable food manufacturers to evaluate a range of waste management options and identify the most sustainable solution. A nine-stage qualitative evaluation tool is used in conjunction with a number of quantitative parameters to assess industrial food waste, which is then used to generate performance factors that enable the evaluation of economic, environmental and social implications of a range of food-waste management alternatives. The applicability of this process in a software-based decision-support tool is discussed in the context of two industrial case studies.
Description: This paper is closed access until it is published.
Sponsor: This research is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) UK through the grant EP/K030957/1.
Version: Published
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/23785
Publisher Link: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/procedia-manufacturing/
ISSN: 2351-9789
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering)

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