Five-fold Environmental Ambition: Progress Report 2015

Sending food and packaging waste to landfill not only wastes the resources used in their production, but also adds to total greenhouse gas emissions through decomposition. Even though most food waste is generated by households rather than manufacturers, FDF members recognise the need to lead by example in their own operations.


FDF's waste reduction target is delivered through the Manufacturing and Retail target of the WRAP Courtauld Commitment, a voluntary agreement involving manufacturers and retailers. As part of this Commitment members are contributing to overall supply chain waste reduction targets. The second year results of the Commitment show a 3.2% reduction in operational waste across the grocery sector – a significant reduction against the 2012 baseline.

In terms of progress towards the FDF zero waste to landfill target, FDF members are on track to send zero food and packaging waste to landfill by the end of 2015. The latest survey results of members' food and packaging waste arisings were published in 2014 jointly with WRAP. These results confirmed that members continue to find new ways to prevent or otherwise divert their food and packaging waste towards recycling and recovery away from disposal, sending only 3% to landfill in 2012 compared to 16.5% in 2006. Recycling showed a significant increase on previous surveys with 28% of all waste managed in this way increasing to 96% for used packaging alone. The focus going forward will be on further reducing mixed waste to landfill.

We have been actively promoting broader industry engagement on food waste prevention within our European association FoodDrinkEurope through our leadership of its Food Wastage Working Group.

During 2016 FDF has worked with FoodDrinkEurope on producing a set of food donation guidelines which aim to encourage and make it easier for food manufacturers and retailers to donate their food surpluses to food banks where these cannot be prevented in the first place. Entitled Every Meal Matters' the new guidelines give practical and straightforward answers to questions that businesses wanting to donate food have, such as 'which surplus food can we donate'?, 'can I donate food that has passed its 'best before' date?, 'who can I donate to?' or 'which info on my food donations do I need to document'.

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Last reviewed: 13 Sep 2016