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 three percent of food and packaging waste disposed in landfill in 2012, compared to 16.5 percent in 2006.
The report, published jointly with WRAP, reveals the significant waste management improvements manufacturers are making year on year. In 2006 16.5 percent of food and packaging waste was sent to landfill and this was reduced to 12.5 percent in 2008 and to nine percent 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 percent of all waste managed in this way, increasing to 96 percent 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.
Andrew Kuyk, Food and Drink Federation – “These latest findings highlight that FDF members are close to achieving our zero food and packaging waste target by ingraining good environmental practices to deliver a more resilient and resource efficient supply chain”
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.
Andrew Kuyk, director of sustainability at the Food and Drink Federation, said: “Tackling food waste is a key priority for our industry, both to make what we have go further but to also help conserve the natural resources on which future production depends. These latest findings highlight that FDF members are close to achieving our zero food and packaging waste target by ingraining good environmental practices to deliver a more resilient and resource efficient supply chain.
“Working in partnership with independent bodies such as WRAP and our partners across the supply chain, the industry has been able to ensure significant progress to reach these targets, enabling manufacturers to waste less or use any that is generated in a more environmentally friendly way.”
Andy Dawe, head of food and drink at WRAP, said: “We are delighted to see these latest results which show good progress from the industry. With waste to landfill now so low, businesses should grasp the opportunity to focus on the greater financial savings achievable through focussing on waste prevention.
“WRAP is happy to support businesses, and the supply chain as a whole, to identify where waste is arising and enable them to find the solutions to prevent such waste, making large financial and environmental savings.”
The FDF Five-fold Environmental Ambition