Leading hospitality and food service companies sign up to waste agreement

WRAP today announces that 73 leading UK hotels, pubs, restaurants, quick service restaurants (QSRs), contract caterers, industry bodies and government departments have signed up to the Hospitality and Food Service Agreement.

  • Compass, Domino’s Pizza, Greene King, Greggs, McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd, Unilever Food Solutions, amongst major players signed up from across the UK
  • UK businesses could save up to £76 million by end of 2015
  • Sector can cut carbon impact of food and associated packaging waste by 5% target
  • Sector can increase the overall rate of food and packaging waste that is being recycled, sent to AD or composted to 70%
  • Fourteen UK government departments, Scottish Government and Welsh Government sign up as supporters
  • Industry urged to sign up to the Agreement

The sector wide UK voluntary agreement is launched today by WRAP, on behalf of UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland governments. The agreement aims to cut food and associated packaging waste by 5% (a CO2e reduction of 234,000 tonnes), the equivalent of approximately 100 million meals. It also aims to increase the overall rate of food and packaging waste that is being recycled, sent to AD or composted to 70% (a CO2e reduction of 336,000 tonnes).

Signatories can together expect to achieve great cost savings. Indeed, if just 25% of the sector were to sign up, they can save up to £761 million by the end of 20152, and reduce their CO2 (e) impact by 570,000 tonnes.

The voluntary agreement, which was developed with industry and UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland governments, builds on WRAP’s research, and work already being undertaken by the sector to tackle waste. It also delivers on all four governments’ commitment to tackle waste and carbon.

Government support from the UK nations for the voluntary agreement has also been wide scale with fourteen UK government departments, Scottish, and Welsh governments all signing up to the agreement to encourage their own caterers to cut waste.

Organisations that opt to sign up to the agreement either join as signatories or supporters, depending on their role within the sector, with signatories reporting directly against the two main targets. Of the 73 organisations signed up to the agreement, 28 are signatories and 45 are supporters.

The voluntary agreement has grouped business signatories into ‘Large businesses’, ‘Smaller businesses’. In general a business signatory is an organisation who produces and serves their customer a meal/snack. A supporter is an organisation who works within the sector but is not delivering that meal/snack directly to a customer. For example a business which has catering which is contracted out, packaging manufacturers, food and drink manufacturers, and trade associations.

WRAP will work across the sector and accelerate the good practice that is already going on through collaborative working and behaviour change. WRAP will provide businesses with support to equip them to make these changes happen through online tools, workshops, working groups and expert advice.

The agreement will be overseen by a Steering Group, which will include signatories and supporters. The group will have responsibility for providing input to voluntary agreement strategy, reviewing progress on delivery against the targets, and sharing good practice.

Mark Linehan, Managing Director of the Sustainable Restaurant Association said:

 This agreement is a great step forward in the battle to reduce food waste in the hospitality sector – a sector that is beginning to meet this considerable challenge. We would urge all operators to embrace this opportunity to reduce their environmental impact, save money and respond to public demand. The SRA particularly welcomes the emphasis on waste prevention. Producing less waste saves operators money and time spent managing the waste.


This article was kindly provided by WRAP.



  1. Based on associated food and packaging waste analysis for pubs, restaurants, hotels and QSRs
  2. The VA runs from 2012 to 2015. Reporting will factor in the calendar years so runs for four years.
  3. For updates on signatory/supporter quotes and logos please visit www.wrap.org.uk/hafs-signatories, and www.wrap.org.uk/hafs-supporters from 9am 27 June
  4. WRAP’s vision is a world without waste, where resources are used sustainably. It works in partnership to help businesses, individuals and communities improve resource efficiency.
  5. Established as a not-for-profit company in 2000, WRAP is backed by government funding from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
  6. More information on all of WRAP's programmes can be found on www.wrap.org.uk

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