App offers new way of stopping food waste
A new app offering another way for food retailers to prevent unsold food going to waste has launched.
The ‘YWaste’ app allows retailers to sell food that would otherwise be going to waste at a discounted rate. Payment for the food can be made through the app, while customers can still pick up the food from the retailer.
YWaste already has a number of large retailers using its service, including Sumo Salad, Caltex Petrol, Brumby’s Bakery, Donut King, Muffin Break and About Life supermarkets.
According to YWaste, Australian retailers are throwing away over three million tons of food annually.
“There are various reasons for this but at the end of the day it’s an unnecessary waste if it could be put to better use, and it has a very negative impact on our environment,” the founders of YWaste said.
“So we have made it our mission to reduce the amount of food that gets thrown away simply because it is not sold.”
YWaste says the app is suitable for all types of food retailers including those who sell hot meals, bread, cakes and groceries. Florists are also invited to use the platform to help prevent flowers going to waste.
“Warm/hot food can be, if not impossible, then a major challenge to donate in a safe way according to health regulations,” Y Waste said in launching its app.
“Using Y Waste’s app shops would be able to post the hot food for sale at a discounted price either before closing time or before it needs to be removed from the shelf. There is a pick up time window which is set by the shop cans set to ensure a quick transfer and to avoid mixing the Y Waste customers with regular customers.”
YWaste can be downloaded as either an Apple or Android app.