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What was the diary developed for?

What was the diary developed for?

The diary was developed so that every household can monitor and keep records of its food wastage. The AVL (Waste Recycling Company Ludwigsberg, Germany) would like to identify problems arising from the results of this study and to work out new solution proposals with you. For this we need as much information from you as possible. Please supply your information as accurately as you can. You are not in competition with the other members.

How does the diary work?

How does the diary work?

The diary is a separate section on the homepage which cannot be accessed by any other member. Each household fills in its own diary and receives feedback on its own behaviour. All the information is treated confidentially and will not be given to other people. The analysis will be carried out anonymously.

How do I use the diary?

How do I use the diary?

Each item of food you throw away must be recorded in a new line. You should fill in every column (except the monetary value) in order to allow us to analyse your information. In order for us to assess your study we need to know the weight of the products. Please fill in the weight of the food as accurately as possible.

The packaging or boxes do not need to be weighed. Most of the weighing machines have a tare button for this purpose.

For special occurrences you can of course add a note. However the note field is not compulsory. Food items, that are thrown in the compost or used as pet food instead of being thrown into either the organic waste or the residual waste, should also be indicated in the diary.

In order to provide you with an overview of the costs which arise from food wastage, we ask you to also record the monetary value of your purchases in the table (see: how do I input the monetary value of my purchases?)

How do I input the monetary value of my purchases?

How do I input the monetary value of my purchases?

In the diary there is a column for the monetary value. Whenever you buy food, you should fill in the total amount in this column. Usually you can find this amount on your receipt. Please deduct non-food items from the total amount. You may round off the amounts to full Euros.

For example: on 3rd March you spend €5.10 at the baker’s and €13.21 at the supermarket

  1. Write the current date in a new column of the diary
  2. Select the category: "Purchase"
  3. Input the monetary value (€5.10) of the purchases from the baker’s
  4. Write a short note about the purchase in the field other
  5. The other fields remain blank
  6. Repeat steps 1 to 5 for the purchase at the supermarket.

Non-food items should be deducted from the total amount of the purchase at the supermarket

Which food items should be included?

Which food items should be included?

All the food waste that accumulates in your household has to be recorded in the table in diary along with complete information about it (date, quantity, category of food, reason and method of disposal). This includes for example:

  • All edible parts of fruit and vegetables
  • Food scraps on plates
  • Expired dairy products in the fridge (milk, yoghurt etc.)
  • Stale bread or breadrolls
  • Potatoes which have gone to seed
  • Etc.

For example: if you find a mouldy tomato in the fridge (150g):

  1. Choose a new column in the diary
  2. Fill in the current date
  3. The product is a tomato
  4. For the category, choose vegetables
  5. Weigh the tomato without the packaging and fill in the weight 150
  6. The cause is forgotten in the fridge
  7. Give a method of disposal, for instance organic waste
  8. The field monetary value is left blank, because you only need this for purchases
  9. You can write a note in the field “other”

Which food items should not be included?

Which food items should not be included?

Inedible products are not taken into consideration. This includes the following products, which therefore do not need to be recorded:

  • Inedible parts of vegetables and fruits (seeds, pips, peel etc.)
  • Inedible animal parts (bones, scales, fins etc.)
  • Packaging materials (Yoghurt pots, cling film etc.)
  • Leftover sauce
  • Food waste which is produced and disposed of outside the household (for instance in cafeterias, restaurants, on picnics etc.)
  • Food sticking to packaging
  • Small amounts of food that stick to the plate or bowl
  • Inedible parts (wooden sticks, roasting strings, aluminium foil etc.)
  • All types of drink

Exception: Milk and other dairy products must be noted down.

What do I do if I have problems with the diary?

What do I do if I have problems with the diary?

You can contact Mr. Ludwig on 0049 (0) 7141 / 144 56 24, from 8AM until 4PM from Monday to Friday. Outside this time, you can send an email via the Contact form schicken.

We will respond to you as quickly as possible.

Ideas for improvement!

Ideas for improvement!

If you have any ideas for improvement you can send these to us at anytime. Please write us a short Email or contact us via the Contact form.

The portal should be designed to be as user-friendly as possible. Therefore we would welcome any ideas for improvement.

· A EU project in collaboration with the Abfallverwertungsgesellschaft Ludwigsburg, Germany