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Fighting Food Waste in Hotels

World Wildlife Fund and the American Hotel and Lodging Association, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, created this toolkit as a challenge to the industry to:

  • PREVENT food waste from occurring at their properties,
  • DONATE what cannot be prevented but is still safe for people to eat, and
  • DIVERT the rest away from landfills.

This toolkit provides the background, tools, and resources a property needs to meet these challenges. It is the product of 6 months of qualitative research with over 50 industry professionals and a 4-month long quantitative demonstration project at 10 hotels, with participation from over 200 hotel staff, across the country. By implementing a few of the strategies presented in this toolkit, participating properties saw food waste reductions between 17% and 38% during the demonstration project period alone – percentages we would expect to see replicated at properties using this toolkit as a guide.