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
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
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
published in 2014 jointly with WRAP. These results confirmed that members
continue to find new ways to prevent or otherwise divert their food and
waste towards recycling and recovery away from disposal, sending only 3% to
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%
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
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
and retailers to donate their food surpluses to food banks where these cannot
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
donate to?' or 'which info on my food donations do I need to document'.
Every Meal Matters - Food Donation Guidelines
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Last reviewed: 13 Sep 2016