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First Aid for Food – Develop, implement and evaluate consumer-oriented food waste prevention measures

Schwödt, Sandra, Obersteiner, Gudrun
Österreichische Wasser- und Abfallwirtschaft 2019 v.71 no.5-6 pp. 263-272
European Union, first aid, food waste, household surveys, waste management, Austria
As part of a pilot action of the EU project STREFOWA, the Institute of Waste Management (BOKU University) developed the so called “First Aid Box for Food”. The contents of the box are based on an online household survey conducted in Austria from April to May 2017 with more than 2159 participants. The contents were adapted to the results of the survey and thus to the needs of the consumers, concerning knowledge, enhancing already used food waste prevention measures as well as the use of new aids. The preferences of the consumers concerning type and frequency of contacting have also been taken into account. 2000 boxes have been handed out, subsequently, the materials were evaluated by means of questioning in order to be able to draw conclusions on how the materials could help the consumers and to receive from them more inputs for the revision of the materials and future waste prevention measures.