Zero waste to landfill
Sending food and packaging waste to landfill not only wastes the resources used in theirproduction, 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 members continue to work withleading UK foodbanks and charities to
redistribute food which cannot be sold through normal commercial channels.
Latest results published by WRAP for the second year of the Courtauld
Commitment Phase 2 show that food and drink manufacturers along with other
signatories have delivered a decrease of 8.8% in supply chain product
and packaging waste over the first two years of the Commitment compared
to 2009, well in excess of the three year target of 5%. The largest contributor
to this reduction appears to be the amount of waste sent for final disposal.
Throughout the year we have worked
with WRAP to help shape the support
offered on reducing supply chain waste
for FDF members signed up to Courtauld,
including a further round of waste
prevention reviews, at both company
level and across supply chains. To date,
21 FDF members are signed up to Phase
2 of the Courtauld Commitment which is
due to end in December 2012.
continue to work with WRAP, not only
to complete delivery of the remaining
Courtauld 2 targets, but to help frame a
successor agreement due for launch in
FDF has also accepted an invitation to
become a founding supporter to the
WRAP Hospitality and Foodservice
Agreement launched in June which aims
to reduce food and packaging waste in
Several members continue to work
with leading UK foodbank and charity
groups to redistribute surplus food and drink where it cannot be sold through
normal commercial channels and
therefore preventing it from becoming
waste. The economic situation in the
UK combined with global pressures on
future food suppliers have added a new
social dimension to companies donating
FDF participated in a Ministerial
roundtable discussion in July 2012 on
barriers to food redistribution. We have
since accepted an invitation to join a
Food Redistribution Industry Working
Group set up by WRAP to develop
actions which will increase the uptake
of food redistribution throughout the
grocery supply chain.
FDF members continue to work with leading
UK foodbanks and charities to redistribute
food which cannot be sold through normal commercial channels.
Case studies: Zero waste to landfill
The London 2012 Games recycling system aimed to recycle all plastic
bottles witin 6 weeks.
Through Coca-Cola's participation in the London 2012
Olympics an efficient recycling system was developed within
all Olympic venues.
One of the aims was to reprocess all
recycled plastic bottles from the Games into new bottles
within six weeks; a total of 10.5 million bottles were
recycled and returned to GB shelves as part of 42 million
In addition Coca-Cola and LOCOG developed
The London 2012 Zero Waste Events Protocol, a guide to
best practice for managing waste, establishing a Zero Waste
network - a community of over 300 practitioners - to share
learning and inspire others.
91% of waste is
currently already being diverted from landfill.
Three of Mars' manufacturing sites achieved zero waste to
landfill in 2011 - bringing the total to six sites across the
UK. Mars Food is on course to stop sending waste to landfill
by the end of 2012 with currently 91% of waste already
All sites continue to work on additional ways
to reduce the waste generated and to recycle and reuse as
much as possible.
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Last reviewed: 06 Dec 2012