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Over 100 hospitality and food service companies sign up to Hospitality and Food Service Agreement

Waste in UK [1]

Over 100 companies, which represents 19% of the hospitality and food service sector, have now signed up to the recently launched Hospitality and Food Service voluntary agreement to cut food and associated packaging waste and increase recycling – initiated by the four UK governments and WRAP.

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. Established as a not-for-profit company in 2000, WRAP is backed by government funding from England, Northern Ireland, Zero Waste Scotland, and Wales

If 25% of businesses in the sector measured by turnover, sign up to the agreement, they could save a total of £76 million and reduce their CO2 emissions by 570,000 tonnes over the period of the agreement. The current number of organisations signed up is 136, which breaks down to 58 signatories and 78 supporters. Organisations that opt to sign up to the Voluntary Agreement either join as signatories or supporters, depending on their role within the sector. Recent signatories represent the breadth of the sector and include Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons restaurant, Marston’s, the independent pub and retailing business, Accor UK & Ireland, hotel chain, the Institute of Hospitality, professional body and contract caterers ISS, Mitie and Vacherin.

This UK-wide voluntary agreement was launched by WRAP in June on behalf of UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland governments. It aims to cut food and associated packaging waste by 5% and increase the overall rate of food and packaging waste that is being recycled, sent to anaerobic digestion or composted to 70% by 2015. The overall objective of this action is to prevent food packaging waste arising within the hospitality and food service sector. Where waste does arise, the objective is to work through the waste hierarchy to increase recycling and recovery rates, therefore reducing waste being sent to landfill.

The Agreement aims to help all size of businesses across the sector, including schools, hospitals, staff canteens, restaurants, pubs and hotels.

Richard Swannell, Director, Design and Waste Prevention, WRAP said: “I am delighted that over 100 organisations have signed up to the agreement already. These organisations are demonstrating real leadership in waste prevention and waste management that will help them realise both financial and environmental benefits. It is about having a joined up approach across the sector and we encourage more to sign up, whatever your size, and be part of this driving force for change.”

To ensure effective delivery of the voluntary agreement, industry working groups are currently being formed to help inform the way forward, this will be supported by a developing evidence base.

More information on all of WRAP's programmes can be found on www.wrap.org.uk [2]