10m reduction in food waste meets preliminary government targets

Steff Humm (Editor-in-Chief), Young London News
@SteffHumm

The UK’s hospitality and food service sector is on course to meet national waste prevention targets, with signatories to a voluntary scheme making over £10 million worth of savings by reducing food waste in one year.

Not-for-profit company WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) has today announced the first year results of the Hospitality and Food Service Agreement (HaFSA), developed on behalf of UK government. The scheme has set a variety of targets in reducing waste and encouraging recycling to be achieved by the end of 2015.

Dr Richard Swannell, director of sustainable food systems at WRAP, said: “I’m delighted by the enthusiasm with which HaFSA has been embraced by industry, and acted upon. Today we see the first indication of the positive impact the hard work undertaken by signatories and supporters is having towards the collective HaFSA ambitions.

“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.”

The progress made against the scheme’s waste prevention target shows a 2.5 percent reduction in CO2e from food and packaging waste against the target of 5 percent reduction by the end of 2015.

Rates of recycling for food and packaging waste increased by 7 percent, with the overall recycling rate reaching 54 percent. The scheme’s target is to reach a recycling rate of at least 70 percent by the end of 2015.

While the results currently show that the scheme is on target for these goals, they reflect their members rather than the entire hospitality industry.

Environmental reporter, David Burrows, tweeted: “#hafsaprogress but only 25% of sector involved. Worrying. Maybe £10m of savings will prompt more action…”

WRAP, a resource efficiency organisation, developed the agreement based on their own research, which indicates that more than 1.3 billion meals a year are wasted in the UK’s food service and hospitality industry. The HaFSA was designed for any sized company to aid in the reduction of this waste.

For more information visit: http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/about-us

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