Signatories to the Hospitality and Food Service Agreement (HaFSA) have made more than £10m worth of savings by reducing food waste, according to a progress update issued by WRAP.
The published first year results for the voluntary agreement, designed to support the hospitality and food service sector in reducing waste and increasing recycling, reveal a 2.5% drop in CO2 associated with food and packaging waste, against the overall target of a 5% reduction by the end of 2015.
The amount of surplus food being sent for redistribution is up 23%.
The rate of recycling for both food and packaging waste has increased by 7% against the 2012 baseline, with the overall recycling rate reaching 54%. The agreement target is to increase food and packaging waste recycled, sent to anaerobic digestion or composted to at least 70% by the end of 2015.
Dr Richard Swannell, director of sustainable food systems at WRAP, left, said: “I’m delighted by the enthusiasm with which HaFSA has been embraced by industry, and acted upon. Today we see the first indication of the positive impact the hard work undertaken by signatories and supporters is having towards the collective HaFSA ambitions.
“There’s no doubt that a lot of work still needs to be done to build upon this positive start, but HaFSA is helping to bring the right people together to deliver solutions.”