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Caterlink first school caterer in Islington to achieve Green Kitchen Standard

22 Mar 2018
Providing its meals to 58 schools across Islington, Caterlink was this week awarded an “above average” score for its Green Kitchen Standard – the first school caterer in Islington to do so.

With over 300 employees serving circa 11,500 meals a day, the company, which already has the Food for Life Served Here Award, worked to “show off its green credentials, and set itself apart from the competition.”

Despite the fact it doesn’t own any of the kitchens or equipment within its school portfolio, Caterlink already had many environmental practises in place, including: monitoring food waste, ‘switch-off’ policies, all food served on washable plates and cutlery and recycling facilities for staff.

That said, it had to implement its own energy, water and waste monitoring activities within each kitchen, such as weighing and counting the bags of food waste, monitoring the number of dishwasher loads and logging equipment switch on/off to monitor energy usage.

Neil Fuller, managing director for Caterlink Islington, said: “Caterlink is incredibly proud to have been awarded the Green Kitchen Standard, as it represents both our sustainable ethos and reflects the hard work we have put in to achieving this.

“We run our operation at the highest possible level, while trying to minimise our impact on the environment and make a positive contribution to the future of sustainable practice.

“We couldn’t be happier that our contribution has been recognised by this prestigious award and the first school caterer to achieve this for its schools.”

Not ending there though, the company said it will “continue its efforts to reduce energy, water and waste, its targets and new operating procedures, as well as making sure that its staff and customers are keen to work with them to improve their energy efficiency.”