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Food Waste Management eLearning Course

Food WasteJourney of Food [45 minutes]

£35 per learner, not including VAT


This Food Waste Management eLearning Course, The Journey of Waste was designed to help teams within agriculture, food manufacturing, retail and catering, and the waste industry, have a better understanding of what can be done to reduce food and packaging waste.

As businesses and organisations become more transparent through the adoption of ESG policies and frameworks, it has become increasingly important that waste management protocols are understood and adhered to, both in general and regarding food waste. Through the proper disposal of packaging and food waste, businesses and organisations can not only improve their reputation, but also avoid fines and penalties that are dealt when improper disposal practices are found.

The Journey of Food is available to businesses and individuals through the Rio Engage platform, which allows 24/7 access. There are no proactive activities or workshops within this course, with all the course material available within the Rio Engage platform itself.


The Journey of Food eLearning Course Overview

Learning Outcomes 

Upon completion of this course, you will:
  • Have an understanding of how thinking sustainably can help prevent food waste.
  • Be able to adopt techniques to reduce food waste and encourage sustainability in a range of environments.
  • Have a good understanding of how and why food waste is generated, and actions that can be taken to reduce waste, save money, and become more sustainable.


There are no assessments that need to be completed for this course.

Course length

The length of this course is approximately 45 minutes.

Is this an online or on-site course?

This course is available online only, through the Rio Engage platform.


*If you are new to Rio, you will be directed to our Rio platform where you will need to complete one form to register before purchasing the course. If you are already an Engage user, you will be directed straight to the shopping cart. For all other users, please contact your System Administrator.


Who is this Journey of Food eLearning course for?

This course assumes that you have no previous knowledge or experience in food waste management, so is ideal for anyone with an interest in the area, or for anyone working in the agriculture, food manufacturing, retail and catering, and waste industries. The home is also covered as one of the environments through this course, so individuals not in these industries will also find helpful guidance and actions to follow.

Why study The Journey of Food?

Training your teams in the journey of food is a great step on the path towards sustainability, and creating a more environmentally friendly business, and there will almost certainly be stricter regulations put on food waste as climate change further affects the planet. 

To put food waste into perspective, current approximations suggest that food waste alone creates up to 8-10% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, after breaking down and releasing gases like methane into the atmosphere. 

This is a huge proportion of greenhouse gases, which governments are slowly beginning to tackle with the introduction of legislation and fines when improper food waste management is practised. This can be seen already through countries like Spain, that have introduced new laws that can see businesses fined up to €‎60,000 euros or more for not following legislation.

It’s clear to see that good education on proper food waste management is going to be vital in keeping businesses in line with new legislations introduced over the coming decade. We should also bear in mind, though, that handling food waste properly will help to decrease carbon emissions, which will have a great impact on our planet in the not too distant future.


What happens to food waste in the UK?

Food waste can go to a number of different locations after disposal:
  • Anaerobic Digestion plant - Some food waste is sent to an anaerobic digestion plant, which will harness the gases produced by the food for energy.
  • In-vessel composting - Food waste is heated up to 70 degrees, which kills germs and speeds up the composting process. It is often then redistributed as fertiliser.
  • Compost - Home food waste may sometimes be put into a compost bin. Using food waste for compost is a great way to prevent food producing carbon emissions.
  • Landfill waste - Food waste thrown in the bin often ends up in landfills. This food then breaks down and produces methane, which escapes into the atmosphere, and is a large contributor to global warming.

Why does the UK waste so much food?

Food waste in the UK is often attributed to restaurants, supermarkets and shops ordering more food than is sold. This leads to a massive amount of food waste, which until harsher legislation is introduced, will likely end up in landfills.

Are there any entry requirements to this course?

There are no entry requirements for this Journey of Food course, and while those responsible for food waste will benefit the most from this course, it is open to all who wish to enhance their knowledge around food waste.

Can this course be given to a group in the workplace?

While we do not deliver this course directly to workplaces, Rio Learn allows businesses to buy this course in bulk, at a discounted rate. Participants will then receive access to the course on the Rio Engage platform, where they can take the course either at work or at home. Get in touch to discuss your bulk discount today.

What do I need to access and complete this course?

The only thing you will need to access and complete this course is your Rio Engage login, which you will receive upon purchasing the course.

Are there any further course materials I or my team need?

The only course materials you will need to complete this Journey of Food eLearning course are available through the Rio Engage platform.

Can I track the progress of my teams taking part in the course online?

If you wish to track the progress of your teams, simply reach out to our customer support team today. We can organise an administrator account specifically for you, which allows you to view the progress made by your team.

What are the benefits of having a workforce trained in this course?

Training workforces in this food waste management course is a great first step towards building a more sustainable business that adheres to legislation, and will continue to do so as it is created in future. This course will equip your employees with the knowledge and guidance to take action, and find sustainable solutions to food waste issues.

If training is available in workplaces, what are the benefits of training in the workplace vs training online?

Through Rio Engage, participants can access their course at any time, even after completion. This means they won’t need yearly refresher training through in-workplace teaching. Participants will also have access to a study tutor, who can provide support for them throughout the course.

Can I get a discount if I buy in bulk?

Yes! Please get in touch if you would like to buy in bulk, and we will arrange a discount for you.

Can I buy this course for individual use?

We encourage anyone with an interest in sustainability and food waste management to purchase this course for independent usage.

When can I access this eLearning course?

You can access this course as soon as you receive your Rio Engage login, which will be emailed to you once the course has been purchased. You will be able to access this course at any time, alongside any other Rio Learn courses you own.


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Working with Rio

If you’d like to expand your learning even further, why not take a look at our other Rio Learn courses? We offer a number of subject areas, from energy management and ESG, to environmental management, healthcare waste, and more. A number of our courses are also approved by professional bodies like IEMA, The Energy Institute, and the Royal College of Nursing, so you will be receiving exceptional levels of education.

Rio is also at the forefront of ESG software. The Rio ESG platform utilises AI-driven software to help businesses and organisations measure, track and report on their ESG efforts. It houses a number of frameworks for you to work with, and provides space for each part of ESG so you can keep a top-level view, or take a granular approach.