Food and drinks manufacturers send 3% waste to landfill

Food and drink manufacturers have reduced the amount of food and packaging waste they send to landfill to 3%. In the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) progress report Our Five-Fold Environmental Ambition, it aims to reach zero waste to landfill by 2015 at the latest.

Tackling direct environmental impacts in members’ operations remain core to the five-fold plan; setting targets in carbon reduction, water saving, food waste, packaging and transport.

Many of the ambitions are linked to WRAP’s (Waste and Resources Action Programme) Courtauld Commitment, a voluntary agreement among manufacturers, retailers and supply chain partners.

Leendert Dan Hollander, chair of FDF’s Sustainability Steering Group, said: “Improving the sustainability of our supply chains will help strengthen authenticity and traceability and help ensure future food security. We need to work together to become ever more resilient, resource efficient and responsible in what we produce and consumer.”

Extending influence across the supply chain is part of a longer term strategy for the organisation, as well as encouraging the development of life-cycle thinking. This includes trying to remove barriers to improving resource efficiency, from the sourcing of raw materials to the disposal of post-consumer waste.

Promoting innovation and technology to reduce waste and extract maximum value from resources used are also under consideration.

McCain Foods sought to maximise the potential from potatoes 

pile of potatoes

Photo: Suat Eman

The report includes a number of members’ case studies, sharing success stories across the different set targets.  McCain Foods fork to farm approach sees growers maximising crop utilisation, recovering potato starch from process water which is anaerobically fermented to generate biogas and 99% of food waste is recycled into animal feed, by-products or renewable energy. As a result less than 60g per tonne is sent to landfill.

KP Snacks programme to reduce packaging has seen the introduction of new processes over three phrases. This included moving Hula Hoop multi-packs from a pillow to flow-wrap format, which generated annual savings of 163 tonnes of cardboard, 30,000 fewer pallets for delivery, 70 tonnes less film for packaging and 580 few lorry journeys.

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