Date published: 19th February 2019

North Norfolk District Council became the first authority in Norfolk to sign the Courtauld Commitment 2025, a voluntary agreement which aims to make food and drink production and consumption more sustainable.

Signing the agreement demonstrates North Norfolk District Council’s support for a UK joint approach to solving food waste issues but does not commit the Council to any additional expenditure. It builds on existing food waste prevention measures, providing the opportunity to share good practice and collaborate on joint innovative projects.

The agreement, led by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), is an ambitious ten-year voluntary agreement that brings together organisations across the food system – from producer to consumer – to make food and drink production and consumption more sustainable. The aim is to achieve: 20% reduction in food & drink waste arising in the UK.

 As a council NNDC have already taken steps towards achieving this goal by committing to such projects as the Norfolk Waste Partnership and the Fakenham community fridge, both of which also encourage food waste reduction.


The benefits to NNDC in signing the agreement include:

  • Priority access to world leading research and insights.
  • Access to engagement and communication advice.
  • Opportunities to collaborate and join funded innovative projects.


Signatories of the agreement are asked for a commitment to the following:

  • Work with others to identify and develop good practices in engaging with others.
  • Engage with residents and colleagues to enable changes in consumption habits - for example deliver ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ messages.
  • Report annually to WRAP on what has been done to engage with residents.

Cllr Nigel Lloyd said: “We are very pleased to be the first Norfolk Council to sign this important agreement. Resource efficiency and waste avoidance are central elements of reducing waste across the food and supply chain. We look forward to working with WRAP to take the project forward.”

Last updated: 20th February 2019