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Collective Action on Food Waste Saves £67 Million Over 3 Years

11th January 2017

WRAP has announced the results of the Hospitality and Food Service Agreement (HaFSA) which was set up between 2012-2015 to reduce food waste. The final report indicates savings of £67 million across all the UK businesses involved.

There were two targets under the HaFSA, which were owned by WRAP and collectively delivered by signatories:

    • Prevention target: To reduce food and associated packaging waste arising by 5% by the end of 2015. This was against the 2012 baseline and was measured by CO2e emissions saved.
    • Waste Management target: Increase the overall rate of food and packaging waste recycled and sent to anaerobic digestion or composted to at least 70% by the end of 2015.

HaFSA signatories were particularly successful in reducing food and packaging waste for their sector, exceeding the 5% target and achieving an 11% reduction. Food waste prevention activities have saved an estimated 24,000 tonnes of food from being thrown away cumulatively over the three years of HaFSA, the equivalent to 48 million meals with a value to businesses of £67 million. Redistribution of surplus food has also doubled during the agreement to 760 tonnes, equivalent to 1.5 million meals.

Significant improvements in both food and packaging recycling streams for their sector led to an increase of one third on the baseline year and a final result of 56% of food and packaging recycled, sent to anaerobic digestion or composted (up from 42%). A contributing factor to not fully meeting the ambitious target of 70% was the length of time required to implement new contracts and incorporate food waste collections. While good progress has been made, having the time to put processes into place was the limiting factor to what was possible within the lifetime of HaFSA.

Source: WRAP press release