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Celebrating the success of Food Waste Action Week 2021

Food Waste Action Week 2021 - what was it all about?

The UK’s first ever Food Waste Action Week took place on the 1 -7 March 2021. The week brought together citizens and organisations from across retail, manufacturing, government, and hospitality to demonstrate the impact of wasted food on the planet.

UK citizens got on board with the message that Wasting Food Feeds Climate Change, with nearly 50% reporting doing, or planning to do something different to reduce food waste as a result.

Over 135 businesses and organisations took part, driving awareness through an array of media that, across the campaign as a whole generated more than half a billion impressions across all platforms.

Plans are already in place for Food Waste Action Week 2022, read more about our upcoming plans. 

With support from celebrity cook, TV presenter and author Nadiya Hussain, the campaign generated nearly 120 pieces of content - created and shared by an army of social media influencers speaking to an online audience of more than two million people.

Partners and supporters

Our thanks go to everyone who took part in and took action for Food Waste Action Week in 2021, demonstrating that the climate emergency does matter to UK citizens. Our partners played a particularly crucial role in amplifying that key message, working with colleagues and customers to share knowledge, inspire changes in the way we think about food waste, and challenge one another to waste as little food as possible.

Wasting food is an issue that impacts us all, and we are all part of the problem. Our hope with this Week was to empower more people to be part of the solution.

Sarah Clayton - Head of Citizen Behaviour Change, WRAP

WRAP is proud to have collaborated with some of the UK's leading businesses and organisations to deliver Food Waste Action Week 2021. Our collective goal; creating lasting change that delivers against the UN Sustainable Development Goal of halving food waste by 2030.

2021 Strategic Partners

2021 Supporting Partners

ABP Pilgrims MGB Plastics
Fooditude PwC St John's College, University of Cambridge
Neighbourly University of Salford FDF

Swansea University

Cheltenham Borough Council

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

Angus Soft Fruits Ltd. ISS

Surrey Environment Partnership

Fyffes Princes Bidfood
Newcastle University University of Warwick Birds Eye  

Dacorum Borough Council

Bridgend County
Apetito Kellogg’s Borough Council 
Greggs Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Chorley Council 
North London Waste Authority Westminster City Council Cromwell Polyethylene 
Test Valley Borough Council Dairy UK British Frozen Food Federation 
Aramark Lamb Weston (Meijer)

Cardiff Council  

G's Sainsbury's Derby City Council  
NUS World Food Programme Fareshare and Fareshare Cymru
The Full Freezer Deliveroo Feast With Us
University of Bristol University of Leeds Hovis
Hilton Foods Saputo Dairy UK Iceland
Ocado Worldwide Fruit Ketel One Vodka
The Packaging Federation


London Borough of Newham 
Broadland District Council Lidl Luvyum 


Manchester City Council 

Oscar Mayer Zero Waste Leeds

Norfolk City Council 

UCL East Cambridgeshire Street Scene Ltd / ECDC North Herefordshire District Council 
Cardiff Community Fridge Network Loughborough University North Somerset
INCPEN SOS Orkney Islands Council 
Oxford Brookes University EAUC


University of Greenwich LWARB East Herts Council
Cardiff University South Norfolk Council Chilled Food Association
Islington Council

Ethical Fruit Company Ltd