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 targets are delivered
through the WRAP Courtauld Commitment, a
voluntary agreement involving manufacturers,
retailers and other supply chain partners.
Final results for phase 2 of the Commitment
show an absolute reduction in supply chain waste
of 7.4% since 2009, compared to a target of
5%. This equates to a weight reduction of some
217,000 tonnes and has been achieved despite
an increase in production volumes over the same
Household food waste has shown a slower
decline at just 3.4%, but this increases to 5.3%
if unavoidable waste is excluded, against an
absolute target of 4% for the reporting period.
WRAP has also just published new estimates
showing a total reduction in avoidable household
food waste of 21% since 2007. This suggests
that more needs to be done to restore earlier
momentum and meet WRAP's aspiration of
halving the total by 2025. FDF supports this
call and is ready to work with retailers, brands,
governments and consumers to achieve it.
FDF undertakes its own surveys to collect data
on members' food and packaging waste arisings
in order to track progress towards our own zero
waste to landfill target, which we aim to achieve
by 2015 at the latest. We have just conducted our
third such survey, in collaboration with WRAP. Full
findings will not be available until early 2014, but
headline results suggest that members continue
to find new ways of preventing or diverting waste
to other uses, sending only 3% to landfill in 2012
compared to 16.5% in 2006.
In addition FDF has been working with supply
chain partners, charities, other industry bodies and
WRAP to look at ways of increasing the amount
of food redistributed by the grocery sector to
those in need. A new set of guiding principles for
redistributing surplus food has been agreed and
FDF is promoting this to members.
We have also been active in supporting and
developing wider food waste initiatives, such as
the 'Every Crumb Counts' joint food wastage
declaration launched by FoodDrink Europe and
other European food chain organisations.
Case studies: Waste
Committed to responsible environmental practices, McCain Foods
works across the supply chain to implement integrated waste
management techniques throughout its operations and with its
Following a farm to fork approach, McCain Foods seek to reduce waste
throughout the supply chain, from working with growers to maximise
crop utilisation, to recovering potato starch from process water which is
anaerobically fermented to generate biogas, which combined with three wind
turbines, meets 80% of electrical requirement for their Whittlesey site (near
Potatoes are therefore used more efficiently at
their factories, with 99% of food waste recycled
into animal feed, by-products or renewable
energy, resulting in under 60grams per tonne
being sent to landfill. Through partnership with
FareShare, surplus products are donated to
support communities and reduce food waste.
McCain Foods invests in sustainable technology,
anaerobic lagoons have been installed at two of
their sites, along with a reverse osmosis plant,
all contributing towards their goal of sending
less than 1% waste to landfill.
Scottish Industry Advisory Group on Resource Efficiency
The Scottish Industry Advisory Group on Resource Efficiency is a jointinitiative
putting the development of resource efficiency best practice in
the hands of business.
The Group formed in early 2013 and is a partnership between the Scottish Food
Drink Federation, Resource Efficient Scotland and Interface Food & Drink.
Having members identify key priorities and test solutions within their own
ensures that the Group focuses only on issues that are important. It also means
solutions are both cost-effective and practical for food and drink
An early proposal resulted in Gordon & MacPhail, Mackies, Macphie of
and Dean's of Huntly agreeing to participate in a collaborative trial for
contaminated plastics. As a direct result of this trial, eight companies in the
region now participate in a milk-round collection for slightly contaminated
By working together, these companies have decreased the amount of waste sent to
landfill which in turn, has reduced their company waste disposal costs.
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Last reviewed: 16 Dec 2013