BCS Catering Solutions

Success Stories

Baptist Community Services (BCS) Catering Solutions operates a commercial kitchen that prepares bulk and individual meals for distribution to BCS aged and community care facilities across NSW. 7000 meals per day are prepared on premises in Granville and quick chilled for consumption 48 hours later. A waste audit undertaken in early 2010 revealed the business produces around 158 kg of food waste per day. Maintaining suitable levels of cleanliness in line with health regulations is critical to BSC Catering Solutions operations, particularly as the meals are being prepared for groups who are considered to be more vulnerable than the general population. This places additional constraints on the storage and collection of food waste on site. Waste recovery options are, however, being explored with negotiations underway to divert the food organic waste currently going to landfill to a local renewable energy generator or a composting service. It has been estimated this initiative would divert 57 tonnes of food waste each year, saving around $4000, 25,000 litres of water and 14 tonnes of CO2e. BCS is also improving information about appropriate portion sizes to eliminate waste of food. The BCS parent organisation has initiated a sustainability strategy for all of their business activities. This strategy has been driven by the current CEO and outlines a program of activities for the period 2009 to 2012. The strategy targets resources, supply chain, people and buildings, with the objective of bringing all facilities, as much as possible, into alignment with the sustainability criteria that is being applied to new facilities. The strategy aims to reduce resource use across all facilities by 2 percent every year, to 2020, on a baseline of 2008/09. In the case of BCS Catering, the focus is on procurement and training procurement staff in material selection to reduce the amount of non-recyclable packaging. This also involves engaging with suppliers to take packaging back.

Julian Fyfe

Baptist Community Services (BCS) Catering Solutions operates a commercial kitchen that prepares bulk and individual meals for distribution to BCS aged and community care facilities across NSW. 7000 meals per day are prepared on premises in Granville and quick chilled for consumption 48 hours later. A waste audit undertaken in early 2010 revealed the business produces around 130 kg of cardboard boxes or 6 to 8 bales per day. These are segregated from general waste for recycling, resulting in the diversion of 1 tonne of cardboard from landfill and saving around $100, 24,000 litres and 0.4 tonnes CO2 each year.

Julian Fyfe

Address

(02) 9682 6644
5 East street
Granville , NSW, 2142
Australia

Location: (-33.833231, 151.014835)

Waste Types

Type Quantity Attributes Notes
Food, Fats & oils (Generator) 2 m3, monthly
Food, Mixed (including leftovers) (Generator) 158 kilograms, daily State: Unused surplus
Paper (Generator) 1 kilograms, daily Loose
Cardboard (Generator) 130 kilograms, daily Baled, Loose
Plastic (Generator) 5 kilograms, daily
Metal, Steel (tin) cans (Generator) 24 kilograms, daily
Pallets, Wood, Durable (Generator) items, monthly