Google Moots Plans to Reduce Food Waste at Facilities

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Google has recently announced plans to reduce food waste created at its facilities in a drive to ensure zero food waste to the landfills by 2025. The initiative will cover the entire lifecycle of food served at Google, starting from production to consumption, until what is done with the remnants.

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Google serves hundreds and thousands of meals to its employees in 56 different countries. It has a dedicated team of employees working with manufacturers, processors, suppliers and distributors to source sustainably.

The technology in its kitchens helps chefs track food waste generated, allowing them to better prepare, cook, and serve. The strategies have helped divert 10 million pounds of food waste since 2014.

To bolster food sustainability, Google has come forward with ideas to utilize produce that would otherwise be trashed for creative menu options. It also boosts its food donations to help the ones who need food.

When it comes to food that is left on the plate, Google is enhancing its waste sorting technologies. To that aim, it's testing technologies that can treat organic garbage on-site and waste-collecting containers that can sort trash more efficiently.

Google's commitment to food sustainability goes beyond its activities. To better manage and distribute extra food, it is already collaborating with agricultural and food partners to increase supply chain transparency, traceability, and data monitoring.

Google announced a "moonshot" plan in September to achieve "24/7 carbon-free electricity by 2030." Google reached carbon neutrality in 2017 by purchasing renewable energy to offset its fossil fuel-generated power use.