Monday 1st – 7th March 2021

Next month, the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) will trailblaze a new week of action to wake the nation up to the environmental consequences of wasting food.

The inaugural Food Waste Action Week will run from Monday 1st to Sunday 7th March 2021, and will bring together organisations from retailers to local authorities, restaurants to manufacturers, and beyond. WRAP will work with a variety of partners to show that wasted food is an issue that affects everyone – and the planet.

The Week will focus on the Hospitality and Foodservice sector, looking at what changes they can implement to ensure
as little food as possible is thrown away. Building on the success of the 2019 Stand Up For Food month, this will shine
a light on how Hospitality and Foodservice businesses can reduce the 1.1 million tonnes of food wasted annually – a lot of which comes from food ordered but not eaten.

Ben Elliot, Food Surplus and Waste Champion, said:

“The Food Waste Action Week next March is going to be crucial for raising everyone’s awareness of wasted food as an environmental concern. I urge businesses from across the food industry to lend their support to this week of action, working with WRAP to share these vital messages and make essential changes that can reduce wasted food.”

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