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Conceptual framework for the study of food waste generation and prevention in the hospitality sector

Papargyropoulou, Effie and Wright, Nigel and Lozano, Rodrigo and Steinberger, Julia and Padfield, Rory and Ujang, Zaini (2016) Conceptual framework for the study of food waste generation and prevention in the hospitality sector. Waste Management, 49 . pp. 326-336. ISSN 0956-053X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wasman.2016.01.017

Abstract

Food waste has significant detrimental economic, environmental and social impacts. The magnitude and complexity of the global food waste problem has brought it to the forefront of the environmental agenda; however, there has been little research on the patterns and drivers of food waste generation, especially outside the household. This is partially due to weaknesses in the methodological approaches used to understand such a complex problem. This paper proposes a novel conceptual framework to identify and explain the patterns and drivers of food waste generation in the hospitality sector, with the aim of identifying food waste prevention measures. This conceptual framework integrates data collection and analysis methods from ethnography and grounded theory, complemented with concepts and tools from industrial ecology for the analysis of quantitative data. A case study of food waste generation at a hotel restaurant in Malaysia is used as an example to illustrate how this conceptual framework can be applied.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions:Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology
ID Code:69072
Deposited By: Siti Nor Hashidah Zakaria
Deposited On:30 Oct 2017 09:57
Last Modified:20 Nov 2017 16:52

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