Leading hospitality and food service companies sign up to waste agreement
27-06-12 9:40 BIFM
BIFM is delighted to support the work of WRAP in achieving the targets in the Hospitality and Food Service Agreement.
Key highlights of the agreement include that:
> 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
WRAP today announces that 69 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.
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 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 69 organisations signed up to the agreement, 28 are signatories and 41 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.