WRAP, working with all four UK Governments, has identified that the hospitality and 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.
Waste in the sector
WRAP research indicates that the cost of food being wasted in the UK from the UK hospitality and food service (HaFS) sector is estimated at £2.5 billion per year in 2011, rising to £3.0 billion per year by 2016. This report draws together a number of pieces of research and highlights the opportunities to reduce waste and save money.
UK HaFS outlets produce a total of almost 3 million tonnes of waste per year, consisting of packaging (1.3 million tonnes), food waste (0.92 million tonnes), and other 'non-food' wastes that includes disposables such as kitchen paper (0.66 million tonnes).
In addition, an estimated 130,000 tonnes of food is wasted from the preparation of ready to serve food items and meals at HaFS manufacturing sites. Read-to-serve includes sandwiches, soups, sauces and pre-prepared meals.
The amount of food that is wasted each year in the UK is equivalent to 1.3 billion meals, or throwing away one in every six of the 8 billion meals served each year.