Food and packaging waste drive ends with mixed results

Businesses in the hospitality and food service sector have met their target to cut food and packaging waste, but failed to reach their recycling goal, according to waste body Wrap.

Wrap published the final results of the Hospitality and Food Service Agreement (HaFSA) today. The three-year voluntary agreement aimed to reduce waste and increase recycling rates by restaurants, hotels and organisations in the health service. More than 230 organisations signed up, covering around 25% of the UK sector. 

The HaFSA signatories pledged to reduce food and associated packaging waste by 5% by the end of 2015 against a 2012 baseline, measured in CO2e saved. Signatories exceeded this, achieving an 11% reduction. 

Activities by participants saved an estimated 24,000 tonnes of food, worth around £67m, from being thrown away. Redistribution of surplus food doubled over the three-year period to 760 tonnes.

Wrap cited work to highlight the cost of food waste as critical to meeting this target.&...

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