Waste Management: Food and Catering Industry Training
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Waste Management: Food and Catering Industry Training

The Long-Term Waste Management Plan, issued for public consultation in December 2020, identified addressing commercial waste as a key area of action towards improving Malta’s performance in waste management.

In partnership with the business community, The Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning aims to minimise waste generation and ensure the correct separation of waste at source. This will maximise the recycling potential of organic and recyclable waste from commercial entities, resulting in reduced volumes of waste landfilled and an increased recycling rate. In moving towards introducing mandatory waste separation at source, we are paving the way for industry to enhance its awareness on this topic.

As promised in the Waste Management Plan, in order to support the sector to improve current waste management practices, a 4-hour free online training course will be provided to commercial outlets, beginning with the food and catering industry. 

 Learning objectives:

1. Recognise the operational and environmental benefits of sustainable waste management 
2. Learn from best practices in waste prevention strategies across this sector 
3. Address challenges to the effective separation of waste at source
The sessions will be interactive, and the sharing of best practices is highly encouraged throughout. Participants are also given the opportunity to present a ten-minute overview of sustainable waste management in their own business; those interested should please contact decc.mecp@gov.mt​

Following the course, all attendees will receive a ‘Certificate of Completion’, demonstrating a commitment to corporate social and environmental responsibility.

 Who should attend?

This course will benefit food businesses and retailers including restaurants, hotels, cafes, supermarkets and grocers. Food businesses will gain knowledge on food waste minimisation best practices along the value chain: from purchasing and storage through to preparation and customer plate waste. Retail outlets can benefit from ideas on ways to reduce food and packaging waste within stores and to influence suppliers to rethink product packaging. Representatives of business associations are also welcome to engage with this course.

Online sessions will be held:
Session 1 (English): Tuesday 15th June and Thursday 17th June (8:30 – 10:30am)
Session 2 (English): Tuesday 22nd June and Thursday 24th June (8:30 – 10:30am)
Session 3 (Maltese): Monday 28th June and Wednesday 30th June (8:30 – 10:30am)

Those working in this sector are encouraged to apply by registering here ​and take steps towards a cleaner, less wasteful and more circular economy in Malta and Gozo.