Manufacturers deliver further progress towards zero food & packaging waste sent to landfill

06 Mar 2014
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Results from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) waste survey demonstrate that food and drink manufacturers have continued to achieve substantial reductions in the amount of waste sent to landfill with only 3% of food and packaging waste disposed in landfill in 2012, compared to 16.5% in 2006.

The report, published jointly with WRAP, reveals the significant waste management improvements manufacturers are making year on year. In 2006 16.5% of food and packaging waste was sent to landfill and this was reduced to 12.5% in 2008 and to 9% in 2009.

In 2012, manufacturers prevented 250,000 tonnes of food from entering the waste stream by redistributing it to other uses, notably to animal feed. Recycling showed a significant increase with 28% of all waste managed in this way, increasing to 96% for used packaging alone.

These results also demonstrate that food and drink manufacturers are delivering real progress towards achieving FDF's zero food and packaging waste to landfill target by 2015 – one of the key commitments of FDF's Five-fold Environmental Ambition. In fact, these results show that the vast majority of members have already achieved the zero target. Manufacturers can build on this progress, by taking action to reduce the amount of food, drink and packaging waste, and reap the associated environmental and financial benefits.

Source

Food and Drink Federation, February 2014