UK wising up to food waste, but more to be done

UK wising up to food waste, but more to be done

The UK is making significant steps in reducing its food waste, with total levels falling by 480,000 tonnes between 2015 and 2018.

This represents a 7% reduction per person and is the equivalent of filling London’s Royal Albert Hall 10 times over.

WRAP’s latest Courtauld Commitment 2025 milestone report, which sets out progress in food waste reduction since 2007, has provided the data. It reveals that households and businesses are now tackling the problem at an accelerated rate, with a greater rate of progress from 2015 to 2018 than over the preceding five years.

While this shows good progress, WRAP has stressed that there is much more to do across the whole food chain. The report shows that UK households still waste 4.5m tonnes of food that could have been eaten, worth £14bn every year (£700 for an average family with children). The volume of food still wasted equates to 10bn meals. A reduction of 4% in the supply chain also shows good overall progress from businesses, but WRAP says many more businesses need to step up their action on food waste to help halve global food waste by 2030.

If your business is interested in leading the debate on food waste across the hospitality sector, you can join Casual Dining Magazine and WRAP at their next food waste round table discussion in London next month. Places are limited, but you can register your interest by emailing the team.