Is the SRA waste initiative failing?

THE SUSTAINABLE RESTAURANT Association (SRA) has issued a last call for businesses to get behind its FoodSave programme, which aims to reduce food waste in the Capital.

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With just four weeks to go before the campaign ends the SRA, alongside Sustain, wants to encourage further engagement with its programme, which the organisation says can help save large amounts of money for small to medium-sized food businesses.

The reason for the last ditch attempt to garner interest? By its own admission, 94% of businesses it has approached have turned down its offer of a free consultation. It claims most of those say they don’t have a waste problem. The SRA professes to have saved the businesses collaborating a total of £300,000 per year.


The SRA press release states that: So far, the SRA has found that a staggering 94% of businesses have turned down the offer of support, with a large proportion of them claiming they don’t have a food waste problem or don’t have time to address it.


In contrast to the SRA’s London-centric FoodSave programme, WRAP’s Hospitality and Food Service Agreement (HaFSA) is making great strides; achieving “good progress against the HaFSA targets last year”. Numerous case studies are evidence of significant advances in the fight against food waste nationally.