Almost half a million tonnes less food was wasted in the UK in 2018 than in 2015, the latest figures from WRAP have revealed today (24 January).
The organisation’s latest report on the Courtauld Commitment 2025, which targets a 20% reduction in total food waste per person against a 2007 baseline, reveals that food waste fell by 7% on a per-person basis between 2015 and 2018.
WRAP attributes this trend to both business and household action. On the business front, food firms representing half of sector turnover have set time-bound numerical commitments to tackle food waste – many through WRAP’s Roadmap.
While food waste from households continued to account for the largest proportion of the UK’s food waste mountain in 2018, WRAP recorded a decrease of 1.4 million tonnes of waste from domestic sources between 2007 and 2018. The organisation noted that several behaviour change campaigns have been run around household food waste in that time period, including ‘Love Food, Hate Waste’ and VegPower’s ‘Eat Them to Defeat Them’.