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McDonald’s and Domino’s join 69 firms pledging to cut food waste

WRAP has launched a four-year voluntary scheme aiming to save UK hotels, pubs, restaurants and caterers up to £76m by the end of 2015 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 570,000 tonnes.

The so-called Hospitality and Food Service Agreement aims to cut food and associated packaging waste by 5% (a CO2e reduction of 234,000 tonnes), the equivalent of approximately 100 million meals.

It also aims to increase the overall rate of food and packaging waste that is being recycled, sent to AD or composted to 70% (a CO2e reduction of 336,000 tonnes).

The voluntary agreement, which was developed with industry and UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland governments, builds on WRAP’s research, and delivers on all four governments’ commitment to tackle waste and carbon.

Lord Taylor, Defra Minister for Environment, said: “This new agreement shows these household names are committed to stopping this terrible waste of food.  By taking additional steps to reduce the amount of food waste these businesses and organisations will stop the equivalent of 100 million wasted meals going to the bin and save themselves money – a win-win for everyone.”

Organisations that opt to sign up to the agreement either join as signatories or supporters, depending on their role within the sector, with signatories reporting directly against the two main targets. Of the 69 organisations signed up to the agreement, 28 are signatories and 41 are supporters.

Government support from the UK nations for the voluntary agreement has also been wide scale with fourteen UK government departments, Scottish, and Welsh governments all signing up to the agreement to encourage their own caterers to cut waste.

Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP, said: “Tackling food waste brings significant financial and environmental benefits, as already demonstrated through our work on household food waste and within the Courtauld Commitment.

"I am therefore delighted that so many organisations have signed up already to the Hospitality and Food Service Agreement, and we continue to urge businesses, large and small, to sign up.”

WRAP will work across the sector and accelerate the good practice that is already going on through collaborative working and behaviour change and will provide businesses with support to equip them to make these changes happen through online tools, workshops, working groups and expert advice.

The agreement will be overseen by a Steering Group, which will include signatories and supporters. The group will have responsibility for providing input to voluntary agreement strategy, reviewing progress on delivery against the targets, and sharing good practice.

Signatories

 

  • 3663
  • Adnams & Co
  • BaxterStorey
  • BDL Management Ltd
  • Brakes Group
  • Café Spice Namasté Ltd
  • Castell Howell Foods Ltd.
  • Compass Group UK & Ireland
  • Crieff Hydro Ltd
  • Domino’s Pizza UK & Ireland Ltd
  • Fairmont St Andrews
  • Greene King Brewing & Retailing Ltd
  • Greggs plc
  • Houses of Parliament
  • Jurys Inns UK Ltd
  • Lexington Catering Ltd
  • McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd
  • QHotels
  • Red Carnation Hotels
  • Reynolds
  • Sodexo
  • SA Brain & Company Ltd
  • Spirit Pub Company
  • St Austell Brewery Co Ltd
  • The Gleneagles Hotel
  • The Town House Collection
  • The Zetter Group
  • Young & Co’s Brewery plc

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