£10 million of savings made in food waste from WRAP hospitality and food service agreement

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The first year results of WRAP’s Hospitality and Food Service Agreement (HaFSA) has shown that signatories made over £10 million worth of savings from reducing food waste.

Against a waste prevention target of reducing CO2 emissions by 5 per cent by the end of 2015 from food and packaging waste, 2.5 per cent reductions have already been met.

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The rate of recycling for both food and packaging waste has increased by 7 per cent against the 2012 baseline, with the overall recycling rate reaching 54 per cent.

This is against a target to increase food and packaging waste recycled, sent to anaerobic digestion or composted of 70 per cent by the end of 2015.

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WRAP director of sustainable food systems Richard Swannell (pictured) said: “I’m delighted by the enthusiasm with which HaFSA has been embraced by industry, and acted upon. Today we see the first indication of the positive impact the hard work undertaken by signatories and supporters is having towards the collective HaFSA ambitions.

“There’s no doubt that a lot of work still needs to be done to build upon this positive start, but HaFSA is helping to bring the right people together to deliver solutions. As the comments in this video make clear, actions – whether collective or individual – make business sense and save money.”