Hospitality, foodservice firms cut £10M of food waste

By Rod Addy contact

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WRAP is working with different industries to cut food waste
WRAP is working with different industries to cut food waste

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Hospitality and foodservice firms saved more than £10M in the past year by cutting food waste and are on track to make greenhouse gas reduction targets by the end of 2015.

That’s according to the first year results of the Hospitality and Food Service Agreement (HaFSA) published today by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

The sectors cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2.5% in the past year, against a 5% reduction target by the end of 2015. In addition, they boosted the amount of surplus food being sent for redistribution by 23%.

Signatories to the agreement have reached a recycling rate of 54%. The target is to increase food and packaging waste recycled, sent to anaerobic digestion or composted to at least 70% by the end of 2015.

‘Enthusiasm’

“I’m delighted by the enthusiasm with which HaFSA has been embraced by industry, and acted upon,”​ said Dr Richard Swannell, director of sustainable food systems at WRAP.

“There’s no doubt that a lot of work still needs to be done to build upon this positive start, but HaFSA is helping to bring the right people together to deliver solutions.”

For more details on the progress made, take a look at the video WRAP is hosting on its website.

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