Food Waste Action Week announced for 2021

The Waste and Resources Action Programme has announced a new week of action in March 2021 to wake the nation up to the environmental consequences of wasting food.

The inaugural Food Waste Action Week will run from 1-7 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.

Figures show that wasted food contributes to up to 10 per cent of total man-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and roughly one third of food produced around the world is wasted. Since 2007, the UK’s annual food waste has reduced from 11.2 million tonnes to 9.5 million tonnes.

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 as 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.”