Your Workplace Without Waste - how does it work?

Your Workplace Without Waste is an innovative, lively and interactive employee engagement programme to help food and drink manufacturers and retailers reduce food and packaging waste within their operations.


Your Workplace Without Waste includes a suite of six short activities.   The activities can be run as standalone modules, but to get maximum results we advise running them in order 1 to 6.

If you’re ready to engage your employees in waste reduction, download the materials below individually as you need them, or download the whole programme.

How it works - Summary

A short introduction to Your Workplace Without Waste explaining how it works.

Toolkit for running a waste reduction engagement campaign:

Kick-start a Campaign

Ideas for activities and information about how to make the best use of communications to get resource efficiency messages across. Includes customisable templates to raise awareness and support the delivery of an eye-catching campaign.

New! Self-Assesment Impact Survey to use before and after you run a campaign to assess its effectiveness.

Guide for Managers

A short, self-study guide covering the business case for action and providing best practice advice to reduce food, drink and packaging waste.

Guidance for Trainers

Step-by-step notes to help you train a team of ‘champions’, to pass on the learning to other members of staff. Also includes general guidance on working with groups.

• Train-the-Trainer session notes
• Trainers Guide - Working with groups
• End of session feedback form

Train-the-trainer session for Courtauld 2025 signatories: contact your Account Manager at WRAP to find out more.

Training resources:

Interactive Activities

Six interactive activities, based on key aspects of reducing waste in the workplace, to engage staff in positive behaviour change.

Activity 1 – What a waste

• A fun way to start and find out more about food, drink and packaging waste
• Quiz can be adapted to include questions based on waste data from the business

Activity 2 – Where’s the waste?

• Locates the real waste ‘hot-spots’ on a plan, schematic or process flow diagram
• Introduces the concept of the ‘true cost of waste’

Activity 3 – Waste ‘Treasure’ Hunt

• Involves getting out onto the floor to seek out waste
• Focuses on recording the location, reason or root cause, and amount of waste observed
• Group/peer discussion encourages solutions for reducing wastes identified

Activity 4 – Getting the measure of our waste

• Staff work together to estimate the quantities of different waste types identified during walkabout
• Helps quantify the best quantities of waste for action

Activity 5 – What we can do about waste

• Focuses on prioritising areas for action based on effort vs. impact
• Outputs form action plan to target high-waste areas and potentially significant cost savings

New! Activity 6 – Feed people or animals, not the bin!

This activity is for use in companies that have redistribution/animal feed procedures in place or will shortly be implementing them.

• Where waste can’t be prevented, this exercise will help companies send more surplus food for redistribution or animal feed
• Employees understand the reasons food may become surplus and suggest solutions to divert more of it to humans and animals

Maintaining Momentum

Maintaining Momentum

Information – and inspiration – to sustain waste reduction activity with messages to incorporate into regular communications with staff.

Itching to Pitch? Ideas competition

Employees are often the best people to identify opportunities to reduce waste. Use our ‘Itching to Pitch?’ materials to create a staff suggestion scheme for waste reduction opportunities!

• Entry form
• Judging form
• Posters to promote the competition 



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