Five-fold Environmental Ambition: Progress Report 2014

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

Waste

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. First year results under Phase 3 show that there has been little overall change in the amounts of supply chain waste in 2013 compared to 2012, although recycling and recovery have both increased and there has been an 80% increase in food being redistributed for human consumption.

In terms of progress towards the FDF zero waste to landfill target, the latest survey results of members' food and packaging waste arisings were published earlier this year 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 Taskforce. The Taskforce has recently published a progress report on the actions being undertaken by Europe's food and drink manufacturers to tackle food wastage both within their own operations and up and down their supply chains in support of the European Joint Food Wastage Declaration. This includes examples of FDF's work with WRAP and other stakeholders.

Next page: Packaging

More information


Last reviewed: 23 Jan 2015