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Coleg y Cymoedd sets the benchmark for other Welsh colleges to target waste and improve sustainability by reducing food waste across catering and hospitality services at all Campus sites.

Coleg y Cymoedd has become the first college in Wales and one of the first colleges in the UK to sign up to the WRAP Hospitality and Food Service Agreement to improve sustainability.

Signing the agreement means that staff and students in the college catering department, plus the hospitality establishments on each of the campuses will be involved in cutting down on food waste and packaging, using resources more efficiently and reducing waste.

The college has signed up to the agreement alongside a number of private companies across Wales and the UK from SME’s to large corporations. The catering and hospitality departments across the five campuses in Caerphilly and Rhondda Cynon Taf will focus upon hitting new targets to improve sustainability.

It is hoped that signing up to the agreement will set an example both to other organisations in the sector and also raise awareness of sustainability issues to catering students. The plan for the future is to get students increasingly more involved with setting and implementing these high standards which are necessary to support them into future employment.

The college is part of a local and national WRAP Cymru steering group that will consistently work towards achieving set targets for reducing hospitality and food waste. Working with WRAP Cymru towards preventing waste and waste management the college plans to continue using green policies and procedures to consistently decrease their carbon footprint.

Director of Estates for the college Paul Davies stated: “Coleg y Cymoedd is committed to developing improvements which consider the three pillars of sustainability across all areas of the college business. We have been working alongside WRAP Cymru and other supporters to achieve waste target improvements towards zero waste. These targets include a reduction of food and associated packaging waste by 5% before the end of 2015, and an increase in the overall rate of food and packaging waste being recycled, sent to anaerobic digestion (AD) or composted to at least 70% before the end of 2015.”

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