Hospitality businesses acting on food waste save sector £3.6million

By Daniel Woolfson

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Hospitality businesses acting on food waste save sector £3.6million

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Food businesses which previously agreed to work on reducing waste and championing sustainability have saved the sector approximately £3.6million, according to the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). 

Companies which signed up to WRAP’s Hospitality and Food Service Agreement (HaFSA) in 2013 have so far reduced key emissions by 30,000 tonnes, diverting 15,000 tonnes of waste from landfill.

Dr Richard Swannell, director of sustainable food systems at WRAP, said: “These achievements are the result of a lot of hard work by many people and a huge undertaking by the sector over two years.”

Companies also made progress when it came to increasing the overall rate of food and packaging waste sent to anaerobic digestion (AD) or composted.

Signatories across the pub sector include Adnams, Bidvest Foodservice, Compass Group, Greene King, Hall & Woodhouse, Marston’s, Brains, Spirit Pub Company and St Austell Brewery.

UK Resources minister Rory Stewart said: “From big business through to the weekly shop we all have a role to play in reducing food waste. It’s great to see progress being made by the hospitality sector – I want to encourage the whole food and drink industry to get behind our renewed push to reduce all waste.”

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