Household food waste rates level in the UK says WRAP chief executive

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:

Household food waste in the UK has levelled in recent years, according to Marcus Gover, chief executive of WRAP.

In a talk delivered at this year’s RWM, Gover announced WRAP’s new approach to food waste which will push for a series of changes across the food cycle in a bid to reach the 20% reduction in food waste target by 2025.

These changes include revising packaging and guidance on data labels, increasing a consumer behaviour change through campaigns and encouraging other groups to get involved in the “food waste fight”.

Gover also suggested targeting specific groups, such as 18-34 year-olds, known to be the largest causers of food waste.

He said: “Household food waste has gone down since we started the Love Food Hate Waste campaign but has levelled in recent years.

“Around 60% of food waste is avoidable and it is costing local authorities million of pounds a year- It’s time to do more.”

WRAP will be promoting its ‘What Goes Around Comes Around’ food waste campaign during recycle week (25 September- 1 October).


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