European Week of Waste Reduction: A Project to Improve the Sustainable Delivery of Goods

As a Studierendenwerk that serves over 1.2 million meals for lunch and other foods for breakfast, snacks and dinners, as well as over 1,400 events, this is an important topic for us.

The topic of the European Week of Waste Reduction gives us primarily the opportunity for self-reflection, rather than observe the behavior of our guests in our dining facilities.
The idea came from Ulf Baumann, managing director of EGV|AG Herford, and Naaser Ahmed, head of the Studierendenwerk Paderborn warehouse, who are in constant communication with each other at work. 

The Studierendenwerk consumes over 120 tons of potatoes, approximately 23 tons of fish and 91 tons of meat products, 200 tons of lettuce and vegetables, 30 tons of fruit, and 100 tons of dairy products.
Since 2016, we have been offering only fair-trade coffee. We plan to do the same with hot chocolate and tea. There is a great variety of vegetarian and vegan offers in our mensas. We buy foods, as far as possible, from sustainable, seasonal and regional cultivation. This is done under the highest hygienic standards and a corresponding logistical system.
And this is exactly the starting point at which we are trying to work together with our suppliers:
How can this high volume of foods be delivered sustainably?

Take advantage of the open lines of communication- that is what we’ve done on this topic with our supplier EGV | AG Herford, which delivers more than 20 roll containers of food every day to our sites in Hamm, Lippstadt and Paderborn. EGV | AG Herford would like to refrain from the usual way of securing goods with plastic wrap for ecological reasons; but this requires the acceptance from their customer. And there it was again- an open line of communication.

Congratulations: Thanks to the new way of securing goods using roll container coverings, more than 70 km of plastic wrap will now be saved each year.

The company Manss Frischeservice GmbH has also put some thought into this topic. The delivery of their goods is now secured by straps. With a high volume of more than 200 tons of fresh produce, a saving of approx. 130 km of cling film can be achieved.
Cardboard boxes will now be replaced by reusable plastic crates from Euro Pool Systems. This will save 590 tons of CO2 per year. Local deliveries are now made with an electric vehicle.

In our environmental policy, we have noted that it is not only the big technological changes that can lead to sustainability, but also the rethinking of daily work processes. Our work together with these suppliers take both into account. We are already in talks with other suppliers.

European Week of Waste Reduction.