In a recent report published by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and Food and Drink Federation (FDF), the targets for sending zero waste from food and packaging to landfill by 2015 were reviewed.
Segregated Food And Packaging Waste Needed To Achieve Zero Waste
In the survey findings published in the report, WRAP and the FDF noted that ‘good progress’ was being made in the food and drink sector, but ‘more effort’ is required if we are to meet the zero waste targets set for food and packaging waste.
Published on February 27th, the report results suggest that of the 138,836 tonnes of food and packaging waste generated in 2012, 4,214 tonnes (3%) was sent to landfill. Data was collected from the 84 FDF member manufacturing sites and compared the 2012 figures to 2009 (9%) and 2006 (16.5%), highlighting that waste sent to landfill has been reduced.
Whilst positive movements towards zero waste can be seen, the results show that the majority of waste which was sent to landfill, in 2012, was mixed waste. It is as a result of this that the report suggests that if manufacturing sites wanted to achieve zero to landfill, they ‘should first consider how to achieve better segregation of this waste at source to enable more to be recycled.’
Data collected also suggested that recycling rates within the food and drink sector had significantly increased by 35% since 2008. Currently standing at an average of 28% in 2012, data shows that for waste packaging alone, 96% was recycled.
The WRAP and FDF report estimated that in 2012, manufacturers prevented 250,000 tonnes of food waste from entering the waste stream by various redirect methods. Approximately 3,000 tonnes of food was sent to charities and 241,000 tonnes used for animal feed. Commenting on this, Andy Dawe, Head of Food and Drink at WRAP said “We are delighted to see these latest results which show good progress from the industry. With waste to landfill now so low, businesses should grasp the opportunity to focus on the greater financial savings achievable through focussing on waste prevention.”
Working Towards Zero Waste Targets
Highlighting how close we are to achieving zero waste to landfill in the food and drink sector, Andy Dawe also said “With waste to landfill now so low, businesses should grasp the opportunity to focus on the greater financial savings achievable through focussing on waste prevention.”
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