Food & Waste Packaging Management

The Hospitality and Food Service Agreement

  • 69 leading UK hotels, pubs, restaurants, quick service restaurants (QSRs), contract caterers, industry bodies and government departments have signed up to the Hospitality and Food Service Agreement.
  • UK businesses could save up to £76 million by end of 2015
  • Sector can cut carbon impact of food and associated packaging waste by 5% target
  • Sector can increase the overall rate of food and packaging waste that is being recycled, sent to AD or composted to 70%
  • Fourteen UK government departments, Scottish Government and Welsh Government sign up as supporters
  • Industry urged to sign up to the Agreement

The Hospitality and Food Service Agreement is a voluntary agreement to support the sector in reducing waste and recycling more.  The 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).

WRAP’s research estimates that if just 25% of the sector were to sign up, they can save up to £76 million by the end of 2015, and reduce their CO2 (e) impact by 570,000 tonnes.

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.”

The Agreement is flexible to allow any size of organisation to sign up, from multi-national companies to smaller businesses, from sector wholesalers/distributors to trade bodies. There are different ways of signing up depending on the size of business.

WRAP has worked closely with the BHA and other relevant organisations and individuals to determine the targets for the Agreement. The targets will be owned by WRAP and collectively delivered by signatories. WRAP will deliver this Agreement across the UK through its national programmes, including Zero Waste Scotland.

The targets

  • Prevention target: Reduce food and associated packaging waste arising by 5% by the end of 2015. This will be against a 2012 baseline and be measured by CO2e emissions.
  • Waste management target: Increase the overall rate of food and packaging waste being recycled, sent to anaerobic digestion (AD) or composted to at least 70% by the end of 2015.

Industry Press following Launch

Benefits of signing up

  • more efficient use of resources saving you money;
  • meeting clients’ and consumers’ growing expectations to reduce food waste;
  • cost savings for clients and businesses;
  • reducing the carbon footprint associated with products and operations;
  • driving innovation in the sector with support from all UK Governments; and
  • Consistency with Government policy and regulation.

Please visit HERE for more information on how to sign up

Further information on Hospitality & Food Service Agreement

Love Food Hate Waste

Information for large businesses

Information for smaller businesses

Information for contract catering clients

Information for supplier supporters


BHA Member founding signatories and supporters

  • Adnams & Co
  • BaxterStorey
  • Brakes Group
  • Café Spice Namasté Ltd
  • Crieff Hydro Ltd
  • Domino’s Pizza UK & Ireland Ltd
  • Lexington Catering Ltd
  • McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd
  • QHotels
  • Red Carnation Hotels
  • Sodexo
  • The Gleneagles Hotel
  • The Town House Collection
  • The Zetter Group

BHA Member Supporters

  • British Hospitality Association
  • British Hospitality Association – Scotland
  • Considerate Hoteliers Association
  • Nestle Professional
  • SWR (Specialist Waste Recycling)
  • Unilever Food Solutions
  • William Murray Communications
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