WRAP, working with all four UK Governments, has identified that the Hospitality & Food Service sector is in a strong position to make a considerable contribution to reducing food and associated packaging waste. This will save money and reduce environmental impacts.
Scale of the sector*
There are almost 260,000 outlets in the UK ranging from cafés to hotels and hospitals.
2011 sales of food and drink totalled £42,785 million and it is estimated that 8,008 million meals were served.
Restaurants, hotels, pubs and quick service restaurants (QSRs) serve a large number of individual consumers. WRAP research estimates that in 2009 UK pubs, restaurants, take-aways and hotels produced around 3.4 million tonnes of waste. Of this, 1.5 million tonnes of this was sent to landfill and has an associated carbon impact of around 4 million tonnes of CO2e. WRAP estimates the costs associated with avoidable food waste to be more than £720 million.
Contract catering principally covers contract caterers servicing clients, e.g. local authorities, NHS, MOD and the prison service, as well as staff canteens in offices and factories. WRAP is carrying out research in 2012 to estimate the amount of waste produced by business and industry, schools, hospitals and government services suchas prisons and the MOD across the UK. The outputs from this research will be published later this year.