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Less Waste to Landfill

A recent trade survey shows that food and drink manufacturers have cut

the waste they send to landfill by two thirds. According to the survey

published by The Food and Drink Federation (FDF)

and the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), in 2012 just 3%

of the industry’s waste went to landfill. In 2009 this figure was 9% and

means that the levels have reduced by 250,000t.

This brings the FDF’s closer to one of its core objectives which is to achieve

zero waste to landfill in the sector by 2015. The trade group said that most of

its members had already achieved that target often by redistributing waste

to other areas, particularly animal feed. In 2012 28% of waste was managed

through recycling in 2012, increasing to 96% for food used packaging.

There has been continual progress in processors’ food waste reduction efforts

since 2006, when 16.5% of food and packaging waste went to landfill. This

figure dropped to 12.5% in 2008 and even further in 2009 to 9%.

 

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