SIGNATORIES TO the Hospitality and Food Service Agreement (HaFSA) are on track to meet their waste prevention targets, saving an estimated 30,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Signatories have also saved an estimated 15,000 tonnes of waste, and £3.6million in cash.
WRAP has released interim figures which show that signatories achieved a reduction in CO2 emissions of 3.6% in 2014, relative to the baseline year. The target is to reduce the amount of food and associated packaging waste arising by 5% by the end of 2015, as measured by CO2 emissions.
The amount of surplus food redistributed has continued to rise, increasing by 47% to 528 tonnes.
Recycling rates have also continued to rise - from 45% to 57% - but not fast enough to ensure they meet the 2015 target. This is to raise the overall rate of food and packaging waste recycled, sent to AD or composted, to at least 70% by the end of 2015.
WRAP’s director of sustainable food systems, Dr Richard Swannell, praised the “hard work by many people,” that went into meeting the targets, describing the commitments as “a huge undertaking by the sector over two years.”