Compass Group UK & Ireland has pledged to hone its methods for recycling food waste and packaging after signing up to the Hospitality and Foodservice Agreement, a set of environmental targets laid out by not-for-profit sustainability group WRAP.
The voluntary agreement sets out two clear targets; to reduce food and associated packaging waste by 5% by the end of 2015 and to increase the overall rate of food and packaging waste being recycled, sent to anaerobic digestion or composted, to at least 70% by the end of 2015.
Compass has pledged to work with WRAP and the industry to achieve these targets and says that it will work with a number of parties, including suppliers, to further improve the sustainability of the waste management processes in place.
The company is one of 73 food service and hospitality companies to have signed up to the agreement. Others include 3663 and Brakes Group.
Ian Sarson, group managing director of the contract catering giant’s £2 billion-a-year UK and Ireland operation, said the company is continually looking at ways to further reduce its environmental impact.
“We have already made significant achievements across our business to increase recycling rates and reduce waste and we are committed to taking this further, working with our suppliers, clients and customers to meet the agreement’s targets,” he stated.
WRAP’s CEO, Liz Goodwin, said that tackling the vast amount of food and packaging waste sent to landfill each year was “one of the big challenges” facing the food service sector.
Sarson said that Compass will continue to work with its specialist waste management service providers to increase recycling rates, put the right systems in place and recommend anaerobic digestion as the optimum solution wherever possible.