Food waste in the hospitality and food service sector

In this section you will find a selection of reports detailing potential sources and amounts of food waste in the hospitality and food service sector in the UK.

The highlights below show the current available figures and information. Follow the links on the right to explore information from various sources.


  • A total of 3,415,000 tonnes of waste is disposed of in the food sector every year, of which:
    - 1,473,000 tonnes are sent for disposal.
    - 600,000 tonnes (41%) of the waste from pubs, restaurants, hotels and quick service restaurants is food waste.
  • The food sector produces 0.4 million tonnes of avoidable food waste per annum, a further 0.2 million tonnes of unavoidable food waste is produced every year.

Updated Household Food Waste Figures

More recent headline data on food waste for this sector was published by WRAP in May 2018, which can be found here