UK Food Industry Initiative to Cut Waste

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March 17, 2009

UK Food Industry Initiative to Cut Waste

They are taking waste management in the UK seriously. For the first time, working together in an industry-wide waste reduction objective, Grocery retailers and manufacturers have pledged to work together to cut UK household food waste by 155,000t or 2.5 per cent of total waste before the end of next year. Leading the initiative is the Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP). In their campaign called Love Food Hate Waste, they are hoping to save UK consumers more than £370m and should eliminate the release of nearly 700,000t of carbon dioxide. WRAP has calculated that as an equivalent to taking 220,000 cars off the roads for a year. Focusing on cutting waste through more effective labeling, packaging size, storage advice and packaging that will keep food fresher for longer, a number of retailers have already started implementing these initiatives. Fresh fruit and vegetables, bakery products, dairy, meat and fish products are the biggest sources of household food waste. WRAP is also working with the Courtauld signatories, UK Governments and industry partners to develop and implement category-specific action plans.

They are taking waste management in the UK seriously. For the first time, working together in an industry-wide waste reduction objective, Grocery retailers and manufacturers have pledged to work together to cut UK household food waste by 155,000t or 2.5 per cent of total waste before the end of next year. Leading the initiative is the Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

In their campaign called Love Food Hate Waste, they are hoping to save UK consumers more than £370m and should eliminate the release of nearly 700,000t of carbon dioxide. WRAP has calculated that as an equivalent to taking 220,000 cars off the roads for a year.

Focusing on cutting waste through more effective labeling, packaging size, storage advice and packaging that will keep food fresher for longer, a number of retailers have already started implementing these initiatives. Fresh fruit and vegetables, bakery products, dairy, meat and fish products are the biggest sources of household food waste.

WRAP is also working with the Courtauld signatories, UK Governments and industry partners to develop and implement category-specific action plans.