The hospital and food services agreement is a voluntary agreement reached by WRAP to further help the sector reduce and recycle waste. According to a study by WRAP, more than 1.3 billion meals are wasted each year in the UK`s hospitality and food sector. The agreement is funded by the governments of Westminster, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and is provided by WRAP. WRAP is responsible for the agreement and works with retailers, brand owners, manufacturers and suppliers who log in and support the achievement of the goals. Creed commented on the three-year contract as a whole: “I am delighted with the achievements of the HaFSA signatories. The sector has made great strides in implementing measures to prevent food waste and has achieved individual and sectoral benefits. Gordon Ramsay is one of a number of Michelin-starred chefs who will be turning food waste next month into a new pop-up restaurant in Selfridges. The agreement called for the creation of a working group on the prevention of food waste, as well as the development and implementation of training in all areas. In addition, a good practice guide has been developed for the sector, while the signatories have also worked to monitor and measure their food waste and to enhance their costs to promote changes in improving operational efficiency. ¬∑ Prevention objective: to reduce food and packaging waste by 5% by the end of 2015. This contrasts with a 2012 underlying and will be measured against CO2 emissions. Tags: waste | Food | wrap | Hospitality| Agreement to reduce food and beverage waste by 5% in the budget by 2015; The reduction in CO2 emissions increased by 11% over the underlying agreement.

This means a reduction of more than 80,000 tonnes of CO2 and 31,000 tonnes of food waste and packaging. The amount of surplus food sent for redistribution more than doubled from 360 tonnes to more than 760 tonnes. During the life of the HaFSA, the estimated weight of food waste avoided by the signatories was 24,000 tonnes with a value of $67 million (assuming a food waste cost of $2,775 per tonne, see WRAP`s True Cost of Waste in Hospitality and Food Service report). This equates to 48 million meals (provided a meal weighs 500g). Organizations that decide to sign the agreement adhere, depending on their role within the sector, either as signatories or as supporters. The signatories directly oppose the two main objectives. Of the 69 organizations that have already signed the agreement, 28 are signatories and 41 are supporters. Steve Creed, Director of Business Programs at WRAP, commented on the work on the goal: “While it is disappointing that we have not fully achieved the goal of waste management, major improvements have been made. It is very impressive to see that food waste recycling is increasing by more than half and that packaging recycling is increasing by almost 70% among signatories. And nearly 100,000 tonnes of food waste and packaging have shifted the waste hierarchy to the recycling hierarchy.¬†WRAP then concluded the agreement calling on the signatories to achieve two objectives: a total of 95 signatories, including fast food and coffee chains, restaurants, catering companies, hotels, universities and breweries, signed the commitment managed by the Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP), which lasted three years between 2012 and 2015.