“This new agreement shows that these well-known names are determined to put an end to this terrible food waste,” said Lord Taylor, Defras` Environment Minister. A total of 95 signatories, including fast food and coffee chains, restaurants, large catering companies, hotels, universities and breweries, committed to the obligation managed by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), which ran for a period of three years, from 2012 to 2015. In three years, according to WRAP, it is estimated that food waste prevention measures have saved 24,000 tons of food, or 48 million meals, from being thrown away. It is estimated that this reduction in food waste had a total value of around £67 million for businesses. The redistribution of surplus food also doubled during the agreement to 760 tonnes, which is enough to make 1.5 million meals. Dr. Liz Goodwin, Managing Director of Wrap, said: “Tackling food waste brings significant financial and environmental benefits, as our work on food waste in households and under the Courtauld Commitment has shown. In addition to reducing food waste and CO2 emissions, the agreement on hospital and food services aims to increase the total rate of food waste and packaging recycled, sent or composted to AD to 70% (a further reduction of 336,000 tonnes of CO2). Creed commented on the three-year agreement as a whole: “I am delighted with the achievements of the HaFSA signatories.
The sector has made great strides in implementing measures to avoid food waste and has achieved individual and sectoral benefits. This target has not been fully met, but recycling rates for food and packaging waste have increased. Overall, the recycling rate of food and packaging increased by 14 percentage points to 56% over the life of the agreement, an increase of one third. The UK Government`s support for the voluntary agreement has also been significant, with fourteen UK government departments, Scottish governments and Welsh governments all signing the agreement to encourage their own caterers to reduce waste. This was a very ambitious target to be achieved on time, as some signatories were not able, in practice, to amend their waste management contracts to include food waste collection. What we have seen is that the recycling rate of food waste has increased by more than half over the lifetime of HaFSA and the recycling rate of packaging is close to 70%. UK food waste data, which shows the amount of food consumed, recycled and wasted across the country, has been redefined by WRAP using new international measurement standards, reducing the total amount of food waste in homes. The Courtauld Commitment 2025 was created by WRAP last March to succeed the three-part courtauld Commitment. Looking more broadly at the food waste supply chain, the commitment of UK food retailers, brands, food service companies, trade organisations and local authorities challenges reducing resource intensity by 20% per capita within ten years and saving around £20 billion. Signatories can also expect big cost savings – if only 25% of the hotel industry signed up, they could save up to £76 million in the sector by the end of 2015 and reduce their CO2 emissions by 570,000 tonnes. “By taking additional steps to reduce food waste, these companies and organizations will prevent the equivalent of 100 million wasted meals from throwing themselves in the trash and saving money – a win-win situation for all.” We were tasked with developing the new management system and structure and supporting the transition.. .