SCOTTISH COMPANIES have come out in force to back the new Hospitality and Foodservice Agreement to cut waste.
Recent signatories include The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh; Edinburgh International Conference Centre; compostable food packaging manufacturers Vegware; and Scottish Water Horizons.
Biffa has also become the first waste management operator to support the scheme and will use its experience to find solutions to deal with the UK foodservice and hospitality sectors 3.4 million tonnes of waste.
Biffa joins over 100 companies from across the UK that have signed up to the agreement. Wrap, which is leading the initiative, has been encouraged by the take-up so far, with those involved representing almost a fifth of the entire sector by turnover.
Wrap has calculated that if a quarter of the foodservice and hospitality sector sign up to the waste reduction targets, it will save £76m and cut the waste sent to landfill by 418,000 tonnes.
By reducing the amount of waste we produce, we can save money while minimising our impact on the environment, said Franck Arnold, general manager at The Balmoral.
Zero Waste Scotland is delivering the agreement in Scotland on behalf of Wrap. Its director, Iain Gulland, said there are huge economic advantages in the scheme, which will also help businesses towards new waste regulations.
By signing up to the Agreement, signatories receive support from us to help them meet the targets, he added.
This UK-wide agreement aims to cut food and associated packaging waste by 5% and increase the overall rate of food and packaging waste that is being recycled, sent to anaerobic digestion or composted to 70% by 2015.