WRAP announces new Food Waste Action Week for 2021

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) will be dedicating a week in March 2021 to raising awareness of the environmental consequences of wasting food.

Food Waste Action Week will run from Monday 1 to Sunday 7 March 2021, and will incorporate a variety of organisations including retailers, local authorities, restaurants, manufacturers and more.

Food wasteWasted food contributes 8-10 per cent of total man-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and roughly one third of food produced around the world is wasted.

WRAP has been helping reduce the amount of food wasted in the UK for a number of years. It launched the Courtauld Commitment in 2005, which reported that food waste in the UK fell by seven per cent between 2015 and 2018, and Love Food Hate Waste in 2007.

It is also responsible for the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap which encourages organisations to adopt a Target-Measure-Act approach to preventing waste. In this year alone, these 45 of its signatories managed to save 180,000 tonnes of food, which was the equivalent of £300 million.

Food Waste Action Week will focus on the hospitality and food service sector, as well as households, looking at what changes they can implement to ensure as little food as possible is thrown away.

Building on 2019’s Stand Up For Food month, Food Waste Action Weeks aims to highlight how hospitality and food service businesses across the UK can reduce the 1.1 million tonnes of food wasted annually.

Marcus Gover, CEO of WRAP, said: "The climate crisis remains one of the biggest and most urgent challenges facing humanity. Wasted food has a significant contribution to climate change, and is something we need to address together.

“WRAP has the data and research to demonstrate the reality of the issue – what we need is for partners to get this date in the diary, and join us in the Food Waste Action Week activities to make wasting food a thing of the past."

2020 brought a national lockdown in the UK due to the outbreak of Covid-19, this led to WRAP reporting a drop in food waste. With British citizens visiting shops less often, people became a lot more aware of the importance of making their food last.

However, the challenges of keeping food waste down were apparent as lockdown restrictions eased and self-reported food waste went up by 30 per cent.

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