Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Dramatic fall in UK’s food waste as public awareness & labelling pay off

Efforts to reduce the UK’s food waste are yielding promising results with data confirming a reduction of almost half a million tonnes between 2015-2018.

The data is taken from WRAP’s latest ‘Courtauld Commitment 2025 Milestone Progress Report’, which sets our progress in food waste reduction since 2007.

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.

A total of 1.4 million tonnes of food has been saved from going to waste each year in UK homes compared to 2007 levels.

The decrease has been driven on multiple fronts, including public awareness efforts via WRAP’s ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ campaign.

Clearer labelling on food packaging coupled with more local authorities offering residents separate food waste collections has also had a major impact.

However, WRAP says there is still “much more to do” across the entire food chain. Despite progress, the report shows that UK households still waste 4.5 million tonnes of food that could have been eaten, worth £14 billion every year.

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.

“We are in a new decade and have just ten years if we are to honour our international commitment to halve food waste,” said WRAP CEO Marcus Glover.

He added: “This great news announced today means we are starting to wake up to the reality of food waste, but we are too often turning a blind eye to what is happening in our homes.

“We are all thinking about what we can do for the environment and this is one of the most simple and powerful ways we can play our part. By wasting less food, we are helping to tackle the biggest challenges this century – feeding the world whilst protecting our planet.”

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