The Hospitality and Food Service Agreement


File 12113The Hospitality and Food Service Agreement is a voluntary agreement to support the sector in reducing waste and recycling more. Research by WRAP indicates that more than 1.3 billion meals are wasted annually in UK’s hospitality and food service sector

The Agreement is flexible to allow any size of organisation to sign up, from multi-national companies to smaller businesses, from sector wholesalers/distributors to trade bodies. There are different ways of signing up depending on the size of business.

WRAP has worked closely with interested and relevant organisations and individuals to determine the targets for the Agreement. The targets will be owned by WRAP and collectively delivered by signatories. WRAP will deliver this Agreement across the UK through its national programmes, including Zero Waste Scotland.

 The targets

  • Prevention target: Reduce food and associated packaging waste arising by 5% by the end of 2015. This will be against a 2012 baseline and be measured by CO2e emissions.
  • Waste management target: Increase the overall rate of food and packaging waste being recycled, sent to anaerobic digestion (AD) or composted to at least 70% by the end of 2015. 

Benefits of signing up

How to sign up

Large businesses (with more than 250 full time employees) - Formal letter to WRAP from senior director at your company confirms sign-up. Your WRAP Key Account Manager (KAM) arranges a scoping meeting once you have signed up to set your baseline and develop your implementation plan.

Smaller businesses (with fewer than 250 full time employees)- work through WRAP’s online resource centre to help identify areas for improvement for your business in waste prevention and waste management. Alternatively, businesses working within existing aligned accreditation and certification schemes can sign up automatically, provided that your scheme meets the required standards.

Supporters - Submit your request, to be agreed by WRAP, to join the supporters group, with details of the pledge being made to support the Agreement.