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WRAP announces Food Waste Action Week for 2021

30 Sep 2020
WRAP has announced that the inaugural Food Waste Action Week will run from 1-7 March 2021 to 'wake the nation up' to the environmental consequences of food waste.

WRAP will work with a variety of partners to highlight that food waste is an issue that affects everyone. Food waste contributes to 8-10% of the total man-made greenhouse gas emissions and an estimated one third of the food produced around the world is wasted.

The UK's annual food waste has reduced from 11.2 million tonnes to 9.5m, with WRAP taking a 'leading role' in creating progress.

Marcus Gover, chief executive 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."

The Food Waste Action Week aims to appeal to people's 'hearts and minds' to make progress towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal of halving food waste by 2030.

The week will also focus on how the hospitality and food service sector can make changes to ensure as little food as possible is thrown away.

Ben Elliot, food surplus and waste champion, added: "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."