Milano Cortina 2026 is working across four regional entities and eight municipalities to deliver the Games in line with circular economic principles and the event-centric delivery model. The food recovery system is one example of how the OCOG will aim to reduce environmental impact, involve diverse stakeholders and make a positive contribution to local communities.
The system aims to recover 100% of food waste in venues. Local charities, business and public bodies will be mobilised to collect and manage food waste from all venues used in the Games, including testing events. In order to ensure maximum efficiency of the collection and management process, a bespoke approach. This involves adapting the method of waste management based on the specific circumstances of each venue and event, leveraging the expertise of different partners.
The OCOG has designated three spheres of organisation outlined below. This set-up will allow good practices established in the Games to be transferred locally resulting in the creation of permanent food recovery systems that benefit the regions hosting the Games in the long run.
Sphere one: direct involvement in venues
- Local partners aid in directing operation control of food waste prevention in the competitive and non-competitive venues.
- Manage unconsumed food waste by using non-edible materials for animal feed.
- Involvement of local charities system and local authorities.
Sphere two: Integration of affiliated partners
- Involvement of all hotels and hospitality operators affiliated with the Games to set up an efficient and permanent food recovery system.
- Partners are encouraged to set-up food management systems in line with that developed by the OCOG and partners.
Sphere three: Regional legacy
- Spread good practice beyond the Games to bring about structural change to local communities.
- Create a permeant systems of food recovery leaving a long-term legacy.
Source: Milano Cortina 2026 Foundation